Tucson Roadrunners

Offseason Updates: Craig Cunningham hired as pro scout, Roadrunners sign Kevin Ekman-Larsson

Cunningham Hired 

Following the cardiac rhythmic disturbance the former Roadrunners’ captain suffered before a game in November, Craig Cunningham has officially retired from professional hockey and has been hired by the Arizona  Coyotes Organization as a pro scout. Speaking at a press conference, Cunningham said “I think its going to be a bit of a learning process for me to start” and that “Everyone has their own philosophy of doing things, and you have to figure it out yourself as you go.”

Craig Cunningham speaking at a Tucson Arena press conference.
Source: nhl.com

Cunnigham will be responsible for scouting professional hockey players in Western North America and will continue working with young players on Tucson’s roster. He has also stated that for the time being, he will continue living in Tucson before eventually making his way home back to Canada.

Kevin Ekman-Larsson 

Kevin Ekman-Larsson, the younger brother of star Coyotes’ defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, has been signed to a 1-year deal by the Roadrunners. The 22-year-old defenseman is on a Roadrunners contract, meaning that the Coyotes will not be able to call him up at any point during the season, giving Tucson much-needed stability on the back end.

Kevin Ekman-Larsson playing in Sweden last season.
Source: Tingsryds AIF

Up until this point, Kevin Ekman-Larsson had spent his last four seasons with the Swedish hockey club Tingsryds AIF. With Tingsryds the Swedish blueliner totaled 2 goals, 5 assists, 22 PIMs and was +7 in 47 Allsvenskan games last season.

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