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Hockey community rallies around Craig Cunningham

Players from across the hockey world are united in their support of Cunningham. #CunnyCan

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After Craig Cunningham collapsed on Saturday, November 19th, the hockey world started to share their love, prayers and thoughts for the Tucson Roadrunners captain. As of this post, he is still in critical but stable condition at the hospital. Tucson has some of the best medical facilities in the state.

I know what happened has been very heavy on mine and everyone’s mind. I went to Coyotes practice today to speak to Radim Vrbata, but the night before I emailed Arizona’s PR liason and asked if we were still good to go. Having me come in is helping things get back to normal.

In a traumatic event like what has happened, it hits everyone in a different way. The Roadrunners cancelled their games for Tuesday and tonight. They’ve been have practice again, it was quiet and going through the motions on Monday. Tuesday, they had a bit of fun doing a strip shootout, which pretty sure Jamie McBain lost, and playing an 11 on 11 scrimmage.

The Manitoba Moose players are getting assistance from their team for any shock or trauma they encountered with what happened. Bob McKenzie wrote a beautiful and heartbreaking piece about Cunningham, his mother, Claude Lemieux and Ray Ferraro.

I’ve spoken to a few people who were at the game and they’re still dealing with it themselves. It’s not easy, and it never will be easy to process.

The hockey community is a family. The Coyotes and their fans are one big family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So with this post, let’s keep the #CunnyCan going and write your thoughts, feelings, prayers and vibes for him and his family, friends and teammates (past and present).

Let’s start healing together, as a Coyotes family.