‘Colby and me started here’ – The Athletic

BOSTON — As she walked through the bustling, zig-zagging streets of Boston’s North End in early November, Emily Cave noticed little reminders of her late husband everywhere. She passed Colby’s favourite Italian restaurant, where she had eaten dinner the previous night, and his go-to pizza joint and pastry shop followed.

With a chocolate-chip cannoli boxed on her lap, she sat down on a park bench a couple of blocks from her hotel. The wind swirled, and the sun beat down on her face. She looked out over the bustling city.

It felt right to be here again.

Boston’s Logan International Airport was where Emily and Colby Cave shared their first kiss, back when she was still known as Emily Gill. They spent four years of their life together in New England, during the nascent stage of their relationship, before he became an Oiler. Even then, Colby continued to train in the offseason just to the southwest of Boston, in Foxborough.

“Colby and me started here,” she said. “Like 90 percent of us and our relationship was here in Boston.

“In Edmonton, we have amazing memories, too. We just weren’t there as long. Boston was our home, where we started making our memories.”

Boston was where Emily and Colby planned to one day lay down roots. All that changed when Colby tragically died in April 2020 from a brain bleed resulting from a colloid cyst. He was 25.

In September, Emily returned to the city for the first time since Colby’s death to visit friends. This more recent trip was much more impactful.

The Oilers and Bruins — the two NHL teams for which Colby played — faced off in Boston on Nov. 11. The game was played exactly 19 months after Colby’s death and was the teams’ first meeting since.

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