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Arizona’s AHL captain collapses on ice


Chris Cunningham, captain of the Tuscan Roadrunners, the Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, suffered a medical emergency prior to this past Saturday’s game and was taken to the hospital for observation.

Cunningham, 26, fell to the ice in the moments leading up to the beginning of the game and was immediately attended to by medical staff, who reportedly cut through his jersey and performed CPR in the tunnel before taking him to the hospital. The game was postponed because of the incident.

The Coyotes released the following statement about Cunningham’s condition:

“Arizona Coyotes center Craig Cunningham suffered a medical emergency on the ice prior to the start of tonight’s game between the Tucson Roadrunners and the Manitoba Moose at the Tucson Convention Center. 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.”

Arizona Coyotes coach and executive vice president of hockey operations Dave Tippett offered the update on Cunningham’s situation on Monday, stating that Cunningham is in critical but stable condition.

Cunningham has played 319 games in the AHL, notching 101 goals and 203 points. He has three goals and eight points in 63 NHL contests.

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