The family of late Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave received an overwhelming amount of support as they returned to their home in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on Monday evening. An incredible video taken by Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe shows an overhead view of cars lined up on Highway 16 in North Battleford awaiting the arrival of Cave’s family.
Incredible view of the tribute to Colby Cave’s family along Highway 16 in North Battleford. #ColbyCave pic.twitter.com/XYaNRQcPgP
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) April 13, 2020
Cave’s family had previously been in Ontario with Cave while he was receiving care in a Toronto hospital. Cave had been in Sunnybrook Hospital since Monday when he suffered a brain bleed overnight. He was placed into a medically-induced coma on Tuesday. The 25-year-old tragically passed away on the morning of Saturday April, 11th.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing rules are preventing large mass gatherings of any kind. Despite these rules being in place, the community in Cave’s hometown still found a way to come together and honour Cave. Reporters who were at the event Monday say the cars were lined up for over 15km down the side of the highway.
Vehicles are lining the side of Highway 16 in North Battleford. The community has set this up to pass along their support to the family of Colby Cave. The @EdmontonOilers forward passed away after a brain bleed over the weekend pic.twitter.com/WQw59Gbhhr
— Kyle Benning (@KBBenning) April 13, 2020
In North Battleford, Saskatchewan there are hundreds of cars lined up on the side of Highway 16 from beyond the western outskirts to several km east of the city. They’re paying tribute to hometown hero Colby Cave. The @EdmontonOilers forward died on April 11. @edmontonjournal pic.twitter.com/YYlkhe2uEi
— Lisa Johnson (@reportrix) April 13, 2020
1000’s of Colby Cave Fans, showing support for the Cave Family. #HomeTownHero #NorthBattleford @spittinchiclets @EdmontonOilers pic.twitter.com/yT2i08jIUc
— KJ Bird (@KayJai) April 13, 2020
Ex-Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba was also on the scene and reported on what transpired.
“Supposedly there is 15km+ of cars lined up outside Battleford right now waiting for the family of Colby Cave,” Gryba Tweeted. “A heartbreaking and heartwarming time.”
Supposedly there is 15km+ of cars lined up outside Battleford right now waiting for the family of Colby Cave.
A heartbreaking and heartwarming time. pic.twitter.com/wquvx7vqVP
— Eric Gryba (@grybes02) April 13, 2020
Cave’s death is an unexplainable and awful tragedy, but seeing a community come together to honor his legacy and provide support to his family is something quite special.