The Tucson Roadrunners announced today that their games scheduled for Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23 against the San Diego Gulls have been postponed, according to their press release.
The make-up dates for these games will be announced in the future.
The decision to postpone these games was made by the American Hockey League and the Tucson Roadrunners out of respect to Roadrunners’ Captain Craig Cunningham. Cunningham was hospitalized Saturday night after suffering a medical emergency prior to the start of the game against Manitoba.“Craig remains in stable but critical condition at a local hospital,” said Doug Soetaert, Roadrunners General Manager. “He is receiving excellent medical care but out of respect to Craig and his family we are refraining from further comment or discussing any details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig and his family.”
The starters for both teams were still skating around after the anthem — Craig had picked up a piece of debris off the ice and dropped it into the penalty box — and as Craig continued to skate with his teammates, it appeared he tried to take a deep breath when he suddenly collapsed, falling backward onto the ice.
As soon as the players realized what had happened, they helped the trainers onto the ice. In-arena paramedics soon came out, too, but as fate would have it, it was a firefighters’ bagpipe band that had performed the anthem, so firefighters in kilts were also on the scene, assisting with treatment.
Craig’s jersey and equipment were quickly cut off. The trainers, paramedics and firefighters surrounded him during treatment while players from both teams and everyone in the arena watched in stunned silence. Craig was eventually put onto a stretcher and as he was being wheeled off the ice, paramedics continue to perform CPR.
Craig was rushed to hospital. The game, of course, was immediately suspended. There wasn’t anyone on either team or in the stands who wasn’t traumatized by what they had just witnessed. Tears were shed; hugs were exchanged; some became physically ill.
Tickets for the games on Tuesday and Wednesday will be honored when the makeup dates have been finalized.
The Roadrunners next play on Saturday, November 26 against the Stockton Heat at the Tucson Arena. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
For more information, contact the Roadrunners front office at 866-77-HOCKEY, or visit TucsonRoadrunners.com.