A 25-year-old from Battleford, Saskatchewan, Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season. He had 11 goals and 23 points in 44 games with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.
Cave’s agent, Jason Davidson, confirmed in an email to The Canadian Press that the situation doesn’t appear to be linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Oilers posted Cave’s goal — an impressive rush down the right wing that saw him beat a Pittsburgh defender and stuff the puck past Penguins netminder Matt Murray — on Twitter.
“Colby is an awesome person who scored an awesome goal for us this season,” the team said. “The entire Oilers family is sending you all our love and strength right now.”
Cave played five seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos before joining the Boston Bruins organization for the 2014-15 season. The Oilers claimed Cave off waivers in January 2019.
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with alum Colby Cave, his wife Emily, his friends, family and all of the lives Caver has touched,” the Broncos said on Twitter.