After collapsing on the ice just after the National Anthems on Saturday, we now know that Roadrunners’ Captain Craig Cunningham is in a stable but critical condition. This was the only information that was released by Coyotes’ coach Dave Tippet, who would not make any further comments out of respect to Cunningham’s family. It is believed, however, due to the visible convulsions he experienced on the ice after the fall that the 26-year-old British Colombian had a heart attack.
Unfortunately, players having cardiac issues is nothing new to pro hockey; eerily similar situations happened to Detroit’s Jiri Fischer and Dallas’ Rich Peverley in 2005 and 2014. Sadly, both players were forced into retirement after their respective incidents, which means that there is a possibility that Cunningham will have to do the same.
As a result of this tragedy, both Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the San Diego Gulls have been postponed to undisclosed future dates. Over the past few days the Hockey world has rallied around Cunningham; sending their best thoughts and prayers to him and the entire Coyotes Organization. Once again, on behalf of all of us here on allsportstucson.com, I hope Craig Cunningham makes a full recovery, and that this incident will be nothing but a minor speed bump at the beginning of a fantastic career.