Craig Cunningham in critical but stable condition

Trail native Craig Cunningham is in hospital after collapsing on the ice prior to an AHL hockey game Saturday.

  • Nov. 21, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Craig Cunningham is in stable but critical condition after collapsing on Saturday prior to an AHL game between the Tucson Roadrunners and Manitoba Moose.

Trail native Craig Cunningham remains in critical condition after collapsing at the beginning of an American Hockey League (AHL) game in Tucson between the Tucson Roadrunners and Manitoba Moose.

“Craig remains in stable but critical condition at a local hospital,” said Doug Soetaert, Roadrunners general manager. “He is receiving excellent medical care but out of respect to Craig and his family we are refraining from further comment or discussing any details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig and his family.”

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Cunningham collapsed following the singing of the national anthems and moments before the puck drop. He appeared to convulse after hitting the ice. Medical staff from both teams rushed to aid him, as did local firefighters who were on the ice as part of a bagpipe and drum corps. Medics performed CPR before moving Cunningham off the ice on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

The game was postponed as a result. On Monday, the Roadrunners announced they would also cancel their games tonight and Wednesday out of respect for Cunningham.

“Craig remains in hospital in critical condition. As more information becomes available we will be sure to share it,” Roadrunners spokesperson Tom Callahan told the Trail Times in an email reply,

Monday afternoon at the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes’ practice, head coach Dave Tippett reiterated that Cunningham is in critical but stable condition and the team would not comment on his condition any further out of respect for the family.

The former Beaver Valley Nitehawks forward plays center for Tucson, the new AHL affiliate of the Coyotes. Cunningham was named captain of Tucson last month and leads the team in scoring with 13 points in 11 games. The former Vancouver Giant was also captain of the Springfield Falcons, the Coyotes affiliate last season before a move to Tucson last spring.

The 26-year-old scored the first two goals in franchise history last month, and had a goal in Friday night’s win over the Moose.

The Boston Bruins selected Cunningham with their fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft. He made his NHL debut for the Bruins in December 2013, and was claimed on waivers by Arizona in March 2015. Cunningham has appeared in 63 NHL games with Boston and Arizona scoring three goals and five assists.

Just Posted

Free Family Day fun for Greater Trail

Public skating in Rossland and Trail are a few of the free offerings for families this weekend

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Rossland library gets rave reviews on renovation

A lot of hard work led to this day, says a library board member

Tell the Times

Web Poll: Do you stay in town or leave for holidays like Family Day?

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Most Read