The NHL set up a great rivalry game on Tuesday night as the Edmonton Oilers took on the Calgary Flames in a Battle of Alberta, but things started off on an emotional note for both teams, as they stood together to honour Colby Cave.
The Oilers have decided to pay tribute to Cave, who tragically passed away on April 11. After he was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and put in a medically induced coma after having emergency surgery to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain, the 25-year-old died of a brain bleed.
A moving video was played before the playing of the Canadian anthem and the faces of the players said it all. They felt for the Cave family and thought of their fallen friend.
During training camp, the Oilers did something special last Saturday. They played for the Colby Cave Memorial Fund as they split into two teams and wore Cave’s No. 12 for a scrimmage. The jerseys were then auctioned off at the team’s website with proceeds going to the Colby Cave Memorial Fund.
It was easy that Cave meant a lot to the Oilers, and great to see how the Flames also felt the loss in the hockey world.
Another classy move by Edmonton.