ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes sign former player Craig Cunningham as pro scout

May 24, 2017, 11:36 AM
Arizona Coyotes left wing Craig Cunningham plays during an NHL preseason hockey game against the Lo...
Arizona Coyotes left wing Craig Cunningham plays during an NHL preseason hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Six months after his playing career ended due to a serious medical issue on the ice as Tucson Roadrunners captain, Craig Cunningham has signed a two-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes as a pro scout, the team announced.

“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes,” Cunningham said in a statement. “I’m very grateful to (general manager) John Chayka, (coach) Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I’ve received over the past year. I’m looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can’t wait to get started in my new role.”

In addition to scouting duties, Cunningham will be involved in player development for Arizona prospects.

“We’re thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout,” Chayka said in a release. “Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We’re confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club.”

The 26-year-old Cunningham played 63 career games in the NHL between the Boston Bruins and Coyotes.

Playing for the Roadrunners on Nov. 19, Cunningham collapsed on the ice prior to a game and was hospitalized due to cardiac arrest. Part of one leg was amputated after he fought off complications in a Tucson hospital.

Penguin Air

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Coyotes

Jakob Chychrun #6 of the Arizona Coyotes looks to pass the puck during the NHL game against the Los...
Tom Kuebel

Arizona Coyotes D Jakob Chychrun wants to be traded to contender

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun is looking to get moved to a contender and will miss the opening of training camp with an injury. 
6 days ago
Barrett Hayton #29 of the Arizona Coyotes skates with the puck during the second period of the NHL ...
Kellan Olson

Arizona Coyotes sign F Barrett Hayton to 2-year contract

The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Barrett Hayton to a two-year contract, according to Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro.
7 days ago
(Arizona Coyotes screenshot)...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes announce Gila River Resorts & Casinos as jersey sponsor

The Coyotes announced a sponsorship with Gila River Resorts & Casinos for the branding entitlement on Arizona's official home jerseys.
7 days ago
Conor Geekie is drafted by the Arizona Coyotes during Round One of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at...
Tom Kuebel

Coyotes’ Conor Geekie looking to establish himself at Rookie Faceoff

Coyotes fans will be getting a glimpse at the newest members of the team during three games of the Coyotes' Rookie Faceoff.
12 days ago
Logan Cooley poses for photos after being selected by the Arizona Coyotes with the third pick in th...
Jordan Leandre

Arizona Coyotes announce training camp, Rookie Faceoff schedules

The Arizona Coyotes announced the schedule for the 2022-23 preseason, according to a team press release on Wednesday.
19 days ago
Phil Kessel #81 of the Arizona Coyotes skates with the puck during the third period of the NHL game...
Kellan Olson

Phil Kessel felt ‘lost’ in Arizona with Coyotes’ direction

Former Coyotes forward Phil Kessel spoke with the media on Thursday for the first time since signing a one-year deal with the Golden Knights.
1 month ago
Coyotes sign former player Craig Cunningham as pro scout