The Tucson Roadrunners have postponed tonight’s game against the Manitoba Moose after captain Craig Cunningham collapsed during the pregame just prior to the opening faceoff. Medical personnel tended to him immediately before rushing him to the hospital. We have no additional information at this point.
Medics had to cut away Cunningham’s jersey while working on him, then moved him off the ice.— Ryan Finley (@ryan_finley) November 20, 2016
Cunningham has been a part of the Coyotes organization since the 2014-15 season, when he was claimed off waivers from the Boston Bruins organization after the Trade Deadline. He has played 29 games for the Coyotes over two seasons.
We will continue to update this story as we learn more details. But for now, please keep Craig Cunningham in your thoughts and prayers.
Update #1 (9:31 PM) - Head Coach Dave Tippett is aware of the situation in Tucson, and does not expect to receive an update until tomorrow.
Dave Tippett on Cunningham: "They got to him right away... We'll have more information tomorrow but it was 1 of those real scary incidents."— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) November 20, 2016
Update #2 (10:51 PM) - The Arizona Coyotes released the following statement:
"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."
Update #3 (6:00 PM, 11/20/16) - The Coyotes declined to answer questions about Dylan Strome while the team awaited updates on Cunningham. There has been a fair amount of speculation as to his condition or the causes of his collapse. We cannot definitively assess the reliability of any of the information circulating at the moment.
Update #4 (12:05 PM, 11/21/16) - Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports provides an update on Craig Cunningham’s condition.
Coyotes Coach Dave Tippett said Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham is in critical condition but he is stable.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) November 21, 2016
It’s a relief that Cunningham is stable, but he’s not out of the woods yet.