A fan favourite of the Vancouver Giants hospital is still in critical condition at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, following a frightening incident this weekend.
Just before the opening faceoff between the Tucson Roadrunners and Manitoba Moose, 26-year-old Craig Cunningham collapsed to the ice, even appearing to convulse as trainers and medical staff cut away at his jersey and performed CPR.
The Trail native is still in hospital and in intensive care, where it’s believed the next few days are critical.
Speaking to Global News, Vancouver Giants owner Ron Toigo says Cunningham has displayed a remarkable amount of resolve over the years.
“He’s everyone’s favourite player, everyone who’s played with him. Prayers are with him that he pulls through this. He’s pulled through everything he’s had to pull through in his life, I don’t see why he’s not going to pull through this.”
Toigo says everyone is holding their breath.
“From what we know, it’s not good. He’s in intensive care and will be for the next few days and these next two or three days are critical to how Cunner’s going to come out of this.”
Former teammates and Lower Mainland residents Milan Lucic and Brendan Gallagher have also taken to Twitter to wish the fan favourite well.
It’s still unclear what caused the medical emergency.