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Craig Cunningham to be honored by Coyotes

Player who had heart attack on ice before AHL game will drop ceremonial first puck during Arizona's Fan Appreciation Night

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Craig Cunningham, the former NHL forward who collapsed on the ice before an American Hockey League game in November, will drop the ceremonial first puck during Arizona Coyotes Fan Appreciation Night at Gila River Arena on April 8, when the Coyotes host the Minnesota Wild.

Cunningham, 26, was the captain for Arizona's AHL affilate in Tucson when he went into cardiac arrest on the ice before a game against Manitoba on Nov. 19. 

Cunningham, who had to have his left leg amputated and is walking with help of a prosthetic, returned to Tuscon with his mother, Heather, for a ceremonial puck drop before a Roadrunners game against the San Jose Barracuda on March 25. The Coyotes are giving fans the opportunity to congratulate Cunningham on his courage, willpower and perseverance through his rehabilitation.

A fourth-round pick (No. 97) of the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft, Cunningham had three goals and five assists in 65 games with the Bruins and Coyotes. 

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