Arizona Coyotes center, Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham collapses before game

Posted at 7:42 PM, Nov 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-20 06:43:09-05

UPDATE (9:55 p.m.): In a statement, the Coyotes said Craig Cunningham "was taken to a local hospital where he is receiving medical treatment. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig and his family. We will provide a medical update once we receive more information."



Craig Cunningham collapsed before the Tucson Roadrunners' home game vs. the Manitoba Moose on Saturday night.

Cunningham, who is under contract with the Arizona Coyotes but is currently the captain of the Roadrunners, the Coyotes' American Hockey League affiliate, was taken off the ice on a stretcher and to a local hospital.

The Arizona Daily Star reported the game was postponed as a result of Cunningham's collapse.

According to the Star, "Medics worked on Cunningham, who was lying on his back, and cut away his jersey. They performed chest compressions before moving him off the ice."

Cunningham is a native of Trail, British Columbia, Canada. He was selected by the Boston Bruins with the 97th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. He was claimed by the Coyotes toward the end of the 2015-16 season.

The 26-year-old center has one goal and four assists in 29 career games with the Coyotes. He has four goals and nine assists in 11 games with the Roadrunners this season.

In October, Cunningham scored the first goal in Roadrunners history.


Saturday night countless former teammates and other AHL teams took to Twitter to wish Cunningham a safe recovery.



Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said the team would give any updates on his condition as soon as they received them.