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Taking in hockey is just what the doctor ordered for Cunningham

Posted at 7:32 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 22:28:54-05

It was super hero night at the roadrunners game.  And two particular faces in the stands, were exactly that.

 “I think I feel pretty good right now, says Cunningham.

It's been almost 3 months since Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham suffered cardiac arrest on the ice.  Thankful to be alive, Cunningham just wasn't ready to go.

“I just feel so lucky that I was here.  Kind of, just everything fell into place, with the firefighters there.”

Once out of the hospital, Cunningham wanted to share his world of hockey with one of the doctors responsible for saving his life.  “Dr. Khalpey went over the mountain for me,” says Cunningham.  Sharing a distinct link forever, it was Craig’s turn to give back.

“This is really cool to have in our backyard.  I do now understand about ice in the desert,” said Dr. Khalpey.

“He’s a pretty smart guy, so he gets most of it.  ”Dr. Zain Khalpey's very first hockey game with his son, getting a lesson from the Roadrunners captain himself.  As for Craig? He hopes to end up in a scouting role someday.  “I want to stay in hockey, and I think scouting would be a good start,” says Cunningham.

With Craig teaching his doctor about hockey, he's also teaching himself to not give up.  “When I was a sleep, I didn't know that I wanted to fight and wake up.  But I’m only 26, and I feel like I’ve got a lot of journey ahead of me.”

26 years young, and impacting just about everyone he meets along the way.  “The guy has a place.  And he's making a difference,” said Dr. Khalpey.