Providence Bruins

Jun 19, 2018


Ever since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2015, Colby Cave has brought leadership and a team-first approach to the Providence Bruins. Cave, who entered his third full professional season this year, has always been a player that teammates can look up to and rely on. He was captain of the Swift Current Broncos prior to turning pro and after just one season with the P-Bruins was named an alternate captain. While he isn’t a flashy player, the 2017-18 season may have been his best to date from start to finish.

Cave served as the primary center on Providence’s third line all season, a role perfect for his skill set. He is defensive minded player who loves playing a 200-foot game and doesn’t need to produce points to be effective. Most of the time he would skate with Anton Blidh on his left side, a similar player in that producing points is not his primary goal on the ice. Still, Cave put up 11 goals and 33 points, tying a career high with 22 assists.

Another key part of Cave’s game is dependability. Since joining Providence he has never missed time due to injury and over his first two seasons missed just a single game as the result of a suspension. At one point this season Cave had suited up in 125 straight games for the P-Bruins but that streak came to an end in December for the best possible reason. On December 21, Boston recalled Cave for the first time and the 23-year old made his NHL debut. Overall, he skated in three NHL games centering their third and fourth lines and averaging just under 11:30 of ice time per game.

Though he didn’t set any career highs in scoring, Cave still proved in 2018 that he can handle playing in the NHL. A grinder who gets most of his scoring from hanging out in front of the net, he is a good two-way center that will do what it takes to win games at either the AHL or NHL level. He is a restricted free agent this offseason, so if the organization can bring him back for next season he will certainly fill the same role he did this year as a depth forward with AHL leadership.

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The Providence Bruins are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, playing their home games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Spanning more than 25 years, the Boston/Providence affiliation is one of the longest and most successful player development partnerships in professional hockey history.

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