The Edmonton Oilers spent Saturday morning watching and participating from a distance in a memorial service for teammate Colby Cave.
On Saturday night, they had to play Calgary in a postponed game. They lost 5-0 to the Flames and captain Connor McDavid questioned the timing decision.
“I think you guys ask a lot to sit through something like that and remember your teammate and see what they’re going through – their whole family – and expect to play that night.” “, did he declare. “I’m not sure what the league was really thinking there.”
Cave, 25, died on April 11, 2020, days after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Cave played for the Bruins and the Boston Oilers during his three-season career.
His widow, Emily, announced the date of the memorial service on April 1, and NHL postponed Oilers game on April 5. It was originally scheduled to be held on May 7, but has been moved due to COVID-19 postponements affecting the All-Canadian Northern Division.
The service was very emotional, but McDavid said he didn’t want to make any excuses for the loss.
“Some days are a little more than hockey,” he said. “Obviously the show wasn’t here tonight, but today is Colby, his memorial and his celebration of life.”
The Oilers won’t play again until Friday and coach Dave Tippett is giving the team two days off.
“There are times when you can say your team just doesn’t have it and there isn’t enough energy in the squad and tonight has been one of those times,” he said. he declared.