NHL Oilers center Cave put into coma after brain bleed

Colby Cave died aged only 25 (AFP Photo/Rich Lam)
Colby Cave died aged only 25 (AFP Photo/Rich Lam)

Montreal (AFP) - Edmonton Oilers center Colby Cave was placed in a medically induced coma and admitted to a hospital critical care unit Tuesday after a brain bleed, the NHL club said Tuesday.

The 25-year-old forward was at home in suburban Toronto with the league season shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic when he suffered overnight bleeding on the brain.

Cave was admitted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto after first being taken to hospital in nearby Barrie, Oilers general manager Ken Holland said.

"I talked to Colby's wife (Emily) this morning," Holland said. "Over the course of last night, he had some headaches and stuff, so they got him to the hospital in Barrie and determined he had some kind of brain bleed, and he was transported to the hospital in Toronto.

"Our thoughts and prayers are for Colby and Emily, and we're praying that we'll have good news as we go forward."

Cave scored one goal in 11 games for the Oilers this season, splitting time with the NHL club and its top development club in his second season with Edmonton after being claimed off waivers from Boston last year.

In four NHL seasons with the Oilers and Bruins, Cave has four goals and five assists in 67 games.

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