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Hockey Scout Craig Cunningham

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

In his third year on the job, the routine has become pleasantly familiar.

He flies into a city in western North America, such as Denver to see pros, or Kelowna to scout juniors. He gets in a workout at the hotel. He arrives at the arena, finds his assigned seat, and pulls out his notebook, critiquing the players on the ice for the benefit of his team.

Craig Cunningham is back in the NHL, and he is grateful.

The former Bruins winger, who nearly died on the ice after suffering a heart attack before a 2016 minor league game in Tucson, now works as a scout for the Arizona Coyotes. That he is living is a highly improbable outcome, made possible by elite medical care and Cunningham’s tenacity.

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Evening Line- Craig Cunningham

“I’m getting healthier and healthier. It’s a matter of getting the right angles (with the prosthetics and the skate blade). And I’m trying to save some miles on the leg right now. Last year, I think I pushed myself too hard and I eventually had to go back in for surgery. I kept going at it and I kept dealing with the pain, and it finally festered out of control.

“I am trying to sort through whether coaching is the ultimate goal. Coaching is a lot of miles on the leg, a lot of standing all the time. And I’ve enjoyed the scouting and I’m learning a lot about the business side of hockey and the operations side of hockey and my interest is growing.

“The Arizona Coyotes have been very good to me. They treated me extremely well and gave me a great opportunity. It’s a huge privilege to be involved in the NHL and I’m certainly not going to take a job like that for granted. A lot of people want one and they’re tough to get.”

-Craig Cunningham, now a scout for the Coyotes.  Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province has more.

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Craig Cunningham Now A Pro Scout For The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Craig Cunningham to a two-year contract to serve as a pro scout. In addition to his scouting responsibilities, Cunningham will assist in player development with the Coyotes' prospects. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Craig Cunningham Battled Death And Won

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It's been dubbed the "Christmas Miracle."

Heather Cunningham, though, has another word to describe it.

"Absolute miracle," she said, "that's what it is. It's an absolute miracle. A month ago, we never thought we'd be where we are today."

On Wednesday, in Tucson, Ariz., Heather Cunningham and her son Craig, along with the doctors who saved his life, will meet with the media for the first time since the 26-year-old Tucson Roadrunner captain collapsed on the ice with acute cardiac arrest on Nov. 19 and almost died.

In the ensuing days, Cunningham literally fought for his life while on a state-of-the-art, life-support system with a team of medical experts working around the clock to keep the Trail, B.C., native alive.

His storybook career as a professional hockey player is now over -- his left foot and leg have been severely damaged and it remains to be seen how much, if any, functionality he regains -- but he and his family are so very thankful he beat the odds to survive.

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Craig Cunningham Will Likely Be Discharged From The Hospital In The Next Few Days

from NHL.com,

Craig Cunningham, captain of the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League will likely be discharged from Banner University Medical Center Tucson before Christmas.

Cunningham, his mother Heather, Roadrunners general manager Doug Soetaert and several doctors will speak during a news conference at noon ET on Wednesday.

Cunningham, 26, has been hospitalized since collapsing on the ice before a game against Manitoba on Nov. 19. Medical personnel performed chest compressions before transporting him to Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, where CPR was continued. Two days later, Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Cunningham was in critical but stable condition. Tucson is the Coyotes' AHL affiliate.

Cunningham was soon transferred to Banner, where he received advanced life-saving therapy using ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), a highly specialized procedure for patients so critically ill that no other support for the heart and lungs is adequate.

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