Arizona Coyotes to honor Craig Cunningham at home finale

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Photo of Craig Cunningham dropping the ceremonial first puck at a Tucson Roadrunners game on Saturday, March 25. (Kate Dibilbox)
Photo of Craig Cunningham dropping the ceremonial first puck at a Tucson Roadrunners game on Saturday, March 25. (Kate Dibilbox)

Former Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham will be involved in a ceremonial pre-game puck drop at the Arizona Coyotes’ final home game of the season on April 8.

The Coyotes said that, “Fans will have an opportunity to congratulate him on the tremendous courage, willpower and perseverance he’s demonstrated throughout his rehabilitation.”

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Cunningham suffered cardiac arrest on the ice during warm-ups before a Nov. 19 game with the Roadrunners, the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate. At points it appeared Cunningham wasn’t going to make it, but eventually pulled through. Part of Cunningham’s lower left leg, was amputated on Christmas eve out of fear of infection.

Since he was discharged from the hospital, the 26-year-old Cunningham has been making strides in his recovery. He recently dropped the ceremonial first puck at a Roadrunners’ Saturday game against the San Jose Barracuda.


“I feel good,” Cunningham said according to the Tucson Daily Star. “It’s a nice night, not only for me but for everyone that was involved in my case.”

The Daily Star also reported that Cunningham has been offered a job within the Coyotes organization.

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“Obviously I miss playing every single day, and I miss the atmosphere around the locker room,” Cunningham said. “The guys have been great. From Day 1, they’ve been to see me every day. It’s been pretty incredible.”

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