A strong heart: Craig Cunningham drops puck at Coyotes game months after medical emergency nearly claims his life
On November 19, 2016, tragedy struck during the Tucson Roadrunners’ game (Arizona’s AHL affiliate) against the Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate). Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham fell to the ice unconscious after the national anthem was performed.
During the days that followed, Cunningham’s teammates did not know if he would live or die. But after a miraculous five-month recovery, which included having part of his left leg amputated, Cunningham walked out from the tunnel Saturday night to drop the puck before the Arizona Coyotes’ final game of the season.
It was a heartwarming conclusion to a story that could have ended much, much worse.