The Boston Bruins are doing their part to help out former teammate Colby Cave, who's in a medically induced coma.
Cave, 25, who played for the Bruins organization from 2014-19 and is now with the Edmonton Oilers, is in a Toronto hospital after having surgery to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.
Because Cave's wife, Emily, can't go into the room with him, members of the Bruins organization will record messages for her to play to her husband over a communication system.
“Hopefully that helps,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told the Athletic. “Anything we can do. Every little bit helps and if we can chip in with some encouraging words, then that’s what we’re going to do.”
Emily had posted a heart-rending message on Instagram Wednesday about her husband's condition.
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Please wake up. Please wake up. It’s all I can keep asking, “he’s going to wake up right?” We need a miracle. Colby’s parents and myself, got to see him through a window and talk to him with a walkie talkie last night. We are no longer allowed to be in the hospital because Covid-19 rules. We have no idea when we will be allowed to see him again. The nurse has tied his wedding band to his ankle. I am dreaming of being able to touch you, hear your voice, squeeze your hand (3 times), and kiss you again. I love you so much, and my heart is shattered into a million pieces without my best friend 💛✨ Out of difficulties grows miracles- 1 Peter 5:10
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"Please wake up," she wrote. "Please wake up. It’s all I can keep asking, “he’s going to wake up right?” We need a miracle."
The center had played in 23 games for the Bruins and 44 with the Oilers after he was picked up on waivers in January 2019.
Cassidy also coached him with the American Hockey League Providence (Rhode Island) Bruins.
"I think he enjoyed his time in Providence and Boston," Cassidy told the Athletic. "His wife got to know all the girls and he was very tight with the players here. They formed a good bond. Colby’s a likable guy; he’s hard not to like.”
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