Former Swift Current Broncos captain Colby Cave has died at the age of 25.
The Edmonton Oilers has announced on Tuesday that Cave was in a medically induced coma in Toronto after suffering a brain bleed overnight. They announced his passing on Saturday morning.
Cave came to Swift Current as a part of the eight-for-one trade that sent captain Cody Eakin to the Kootenay Ice.
The North Battleford product played in 287 regular season games for the Broncos from 2011 – 2015. He served as captain in his final two seasons when he averaged over a point a game while appearing in all 72 games in both campaigns.
He eventually signed with the Boston Bruins and played in parts of four seasons with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League. He made three National Hockey League appearances during the 2017-18 season and then played in 20 games with the Boston Bruins the following season before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he played in another 33 games in 2018-19.
Cave had split this season between the Oilers and the Bakersfield Condors. He had one goal in 11 games in Edmonton and 11 goals and 12 assists in 44 games in the AHL.
Despite never being drafted, Cave appeared in 67 NHL games with four goals, five assists, and 22 penalty minutes.