Scary news out of Manitoba, as former Bruin (and current captain of the Tuscon Roadrunners) Craig Cunningham suffered an apparent medical episode prior to the start of the game against the Moose.
.@RoadrunnersAHL player had medical emergency before puck drop. Taken off on stretcher. Game delayed. pic.twitter.com/hLs8Ma3juD— Sam Salzwedel (@SamKVOA) November 20, 2016
Tucson radio announcers say it looked like Cunningham had a seizure after collapsing. Paramedics cut his pads off before rushing him off ice— Mitch Rosset (@mitchrosset) November 20, 2016
After anthems player was on his back. Players took a minute to realize what was happening. Firefighters doing chest compressions on way out.— Sam Salzwedel (@SamKVOA) November 20, 2016
Paramedics attending to Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham. Were seen performing CPR on him as they rushed to ambulance. #AHL https://t.co/8WuEIhxx2V— Mitch Rosset (@mitchrosset) November 20, 2016
The game has been postponed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig, and we hope he makes a full recovery.
We’ll try to keep you posted of any updates.
EDIT (9:55 PM): A bit more detail is available in this piece from Tuscon.com, though it offers no update on Cunningham’s condition.
EDIT 2 (9:26 AM): Still nothing concrete, but the Coyotes issued a statement late last night, reading in part:
Cunningham was taken to a local hospital where he is receiving medical treatment. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig and his family. We will provide a medical update once we receive more information.
EDIT 3 (11:06 AM): Per Global BC reporter Jay Janower, Cunningham is in critical condition this morning. Not sure how reliable the sources are, but these aren’t usually the kind of things people speculate on baselessly.
My understanding this morning is Craig Cunningham is in critical condition after apparently suffering heart attack, has his Mom by his side.— JAY JANOWER (@DOUBLEJGLOBALBC) November 20, 2016
Positive news out of Arizona is Craig Cunningham's blood pressure has increased. Still in critical condition, keep on praying for him.— JAY JANOWER (@DOUBLEJGLOBALBC) November 20, 2016
EDIT 4 (Monday, 2:45 PM): A small, but somewhat encouraging, update from Dave Tippett:
Dave Tippett on Craig Cunningham. "He's in stable condition but critical condition. His family is with him & he's getting unbelievable care"— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) November 21, 2016
Also, the Bruins Tweeted out their support for Cunningham on Sunday afternoon, showing a message Don Sweeney read at a charity event at the Garden:
Sending thoughts and prayers to Craig... pic.twitter.com/4I5HEPlWvj— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 20, 2016