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Coyotes name Cunningham pro scout

Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Craig Cunningham to a two-year contract to serve as a pro scout.

In addition to his scouting responsibilities, Cunningham will assist in player development with the Coyotes’ prospects.

“We’re thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout,” said Chayka. “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.”

Cunningham, who survived a medical emergency prior to the Tucson Roadrunners’ game on November 19, has made a remarkable recovery.

“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes,” said Cunningham. “I’m very grateful to John Chayka, 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.”

The 26-year-old Cunningham registered 101 goals and 102 assists for 203 points in 319 career American Hockey League games with Tucson, Springfield and Providence, serving as the Roadrunners’ captain in 2016-17. He was also voted this year’s winner of the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Award for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.

The native of Trail, B.C., also had three goals and five assists in 63 NHL games with the Coyotes and Boston Bruins.