Craig Cunningham will get the honour of dropping the puck in a ceremonial faceoff on April 8 as part of the festivities for the Arizona Coyotes‘ Fan Appreciation Night.
Cunningham was playing for Arizona’s AHL affiliate in Tucson when he collapsed on the ice in warmups due to acute cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation on Nov. 19.
He was in a coma for several days and had a part of his leg amputated, but is reportedly recovering ahead of schedule.
The 26-year-old was originally a fourth-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2010, and has appeared in 63 NHL games over his career.
The Tucson Roadrunners recently honoured Cunningham, who had been the team’s captain, before a game on March 25.