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Craig Cunningham wins AHL award for dedication

Tucson forward who had heart attack on ice prior to game earns honor

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Craig Cunningham, who collapsed on the ice prior to an American Hockey League game on Nov. 19, was named the winner of the AHL's Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award on Friday.

The award is given to the AHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey." It is voted on by the coaches, players and member of the media in each of the 30 cities in the league.

Cunningham, a forward and the captain of Tucson, the AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes, had a heart attack and was taken to a hospital where he had his left leg amputated. He has rehabbed in Tucson and been an inspiration to his team and the community.

Cunningham, 26, had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 11 games with Tucson prior to the incident. He scored the first goal in franchise history on Oct. 14.

On Saturday, he will drop the ceremonial first puck between the Coyotes and Minnesota Wild during Fan Appreciation Night at Gila River Arena.

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