Craig Cunningham, captain for AHL’s The Tucson Roadrunners, suffered an unexpected and horrific injury mid-November. During an AHL game between the Roadrunners and Manitoba Moose, Cunningham suffered “acute cardiac arrest”.

With emergency procedures and lots of love from his community and family, Cunningham is now in good health and thankful for it. He gave his first press conference this week and addressed his future, his gratitude, and his take on this life-altering experience.

His mother gave a very heartfelt speech giving thanks to all the doctors who never gave up on her son no matter how hopeless the situation appeared to be. Cunningham mentioned he’s on a day-to-day basis, some days he feels better than others but above all he’s grateful to be alive. As of now, he doesn’t believe he’ll have a future in playing pro hockey because of the injuries he’s sustained. Although, with his optimistic attitude, he knows anything is possible.


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