The Edmonton Oilers returned to action together for the first time as a group since the tragic passing of Colby Cave, and it didn't take long for the team to honour his legacy both on, and off the ice together.
This has been an unfathomable experience for Oilers players to deal with (let alone the players in their early 20s), but captain Connor McDavid made sure to let everyone know that his squad will be playing for Colby in the upcoming postseason. The former teammates played 44 games together from 2018-20 and were just three years separated in age.
McDavid and his teammates joined the ice together with a special tribute to Colby with the hashtage #WeSkateForColby already on the jumbotron. Head coach Dave Tippett said the team held a meeting about Cave's death prior to practice, and added that the late forward is with the team "in spirit."
The Oilers will begin their play-in series against the Chicago Blackhawks on August 1st and will hope to make a deep run for their former teammate.
(H/T Edmonton Oilers)