Craig Cunningham remains in critical condition after he collapsed on the ice ahead of an AHL game Saturday. The Coyotes said Cunningham is in stable condition.
Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham remains in critical condition, but is stable, according to Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.
“His family is with him and he’s getting unbelievable care,” Tippett added, according to the Coyotes.
Tippett said he, nor the organization, would be commenting further on Cunningham’s status out of respect for the family.
Concern has been surrounding the 26-year-old for much of the past two days after he collapsed on the ice ahead of Saturday’s AHL contest between the Roadrunners and visiting Manitoba Moose, and Monday’s update from Tippett was the first update the Coyotes have given on Cunningham’s status since Saturday.
Cunningham suffered what the Coyotes referred to as simply a medical emergency before Saturday’s game as the game between the Roadrunners and Moose was set to get underway. He was immediately attended to, had his jersey cut away and had chest compressions performed on him by medical staff on hand. He was removed from the ice on a stretcher, and Global Winnipeg’s Mitch Rosset reported that paramedics continued performing CPR on Cunningham as he was taken to an ambulance.
“Our staff did a phenomenal job in terms of their response,” Coyotes GM John Chayka said, according to AZSports’ Craig Morgan.
The teams returned to their respective dressing rooms while medical staff attended to Cunningham and the game between the Roadrunners and Moose was later postponed.
Cunningham has spent the past two seasons in the Coyotes’ organization, suiting up for 29 games with the big club over that span and scoring one goal and five points. Not only is he the captain of the Roadrunners this season, but Cunningham was previously the captain of the Springfield Falcons before the team moved to Tucson and he wore the ‘C’ with the Providence Bruins in 2014-15 before he was waived by the Bruins and subsequently picked up by the Coyotes.
A Trail, B.C., native, Cunningham played major junior for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants from 2006-07 until 2010-11, scoring 103 goals and 264 points over that time.
There has been an incredible outpouring of support for Cunningham from across the league in the days since he was hospitalized. Former teammates and longtime friends have all expressed their well wishes for Cunningham, and the Bruins made a point of sending thoughts and prayers Cunningham’s way at a Thanksgiving event on Sunday.
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