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Colby Cave (born December 26, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who is currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Colby Cave
Colby Cave.jpg
Born (1994-12-26) December 26, 1994 (age 24)
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2015–present

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Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Cave was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, but grew up in the town of Battleford, Saskatchewan, and first played locally with the Battlefords Stars in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League from 2009 to 2011. He was drafted to the major junior level with the 13th selection in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft in 2009 by the Kootenay Ice.[1]

Cave's rights were later traded by Kootenay to the Swift Current Broncos on January 9, 2011.[2] After agreeing to terms with the Broncos, he made his debut at the tail end of the 2010–11 season, appearing in a solitary game.

In his third full season with the Broncos, Cave was named team captain.[3] He continued his development by elevating his offensive game to almost a point-per-game pace finishing with 70 points in 72 games. Eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Cave was listed 157th overall by ISS Hockey, however, he was passed over.

At the conclusion of his final junior season, placing second on the club in points with 75 in 72 games, Cave was signed as an undrafted free agent to a three-year, entry level contract by the Boston Bruins on April 4, 2015.[4] He was immediately reassigned to play out the remainder of the 2014–15 season with American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

ProfessionalEdit

During the final season of his rookie contract with the Bruins in 2017–18, Cave received his first recall to the NHL on an emergency basis by the Bruins on December 21, 2017.[5] He made his NHL debut, playing alongside line-mate and former Broncos junior teammate, Jake DeBrusk, in a 2–1 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets. He was then returned to Providence following the game.[6]

Following another callup by the Boston team in the 2018–19 season, on December 17, 2018, Cave scored his first NHL career goal in 4–0 shutout of the Montreal Canadiens.[7] He remained with Boston to appear in 20 games, posting 1 goal and 5 points, before he was placed on waivers by the Bruins for re-assignment to the AHL. On January 15, 2019, Cave left the Bruins organization after he was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Battlefords Stars SMHL 42 15 21 36 40
2010–11 Battlefords Stars SMHL 44 14 22 36 28
2010–11 Battlefords North Stars SJHL 3 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Swift Current Broncos WHL 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Swift Current Broncos WHL 70 6 10 16 36
2012–13 Swift Current Broncos WHL 72 21 20 41 39 5 2 2 4 8
2013–14 Swift Current Broncos WHL 72 33 37 70 30 6 0 2 2 0
2014–15 Swift Current Broncos WHL 72 35 40 75 52 4 2 0 2 2
2014–15 Providence Bruins AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Providence Bruins AHL 75 13 16 29 27 3 2 1 3 5
2016–17 Providence Bruins AHL 76 13 22 35 52 17 1 5 6 18
2017–18 Providence Bruins AHL 72 11 22 33 29 4 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2018–19 Providence Bruins AHL 15 6 12 18 13
2018–19 Boston Bruins NHL 20 1 4 5 8
2018–19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 33 2 1 3 8
NHL totals 56 3 5 8 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ICE SELECT FORWARD IN FIRST ROUND". kootenayice.net. May 2, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Broncos move Eakin to Kootenay". Western Hockey League. January 9, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  3. ^ "Broncos Name Cave Captain". scbroncos.com. September 26, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bruins sign Colby Cave to entry-level contract". Boston Bruins. April 4, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bruins recall Colby Cave on an emergency basis". Boston Bruins. December 21, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Colby Cave, with old friend on his line, makes NHL debut". Providence Journal. December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Farrell, Sean (December 17, 2018). "Halak makes 22 saves, Bruins shut out Canadiens". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved December 17, 2018. Colby Cave scored his first NHL goal and had an assist...
  8. ^ "Oilers claim Colby Cave from Boston". Edmonton Oilers. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.

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