This is David's 20th year coaching Professional Hockey!
His Coaching debut started with the San Jose Sharks where he coached for 13 years! He then went on to coach with the New Jersey Devils for a season before joining the Minnesota Wild where he served as an Associate Head Coach in the AHL with Iowa Wild. Coach spent 4 Seasons with the Wild before joining the New York Rangers Organization as an Assistant Coach with the Hartford Wolf Pack.
David played both defense and forward through high school and college. He then went on to play forward professionally for five seasons, including three-plus seasons in the N.J. Devils organization with the Albany River Rats (AHL) between 1997-2000. He appeared in 368 Professional games.
David's passion is teaching the game of hockey! He has been teaching Summer Hockey Schools since his high school and college years as an Instructor.
His father John Cunniff (well known Professional Hockey Player & Coach, Olympic and World Cup Winner) Owned and operated Cunniff Hockey back in the late 70's early 80's.
David hires some of his Pro- Players as Instructors for his Summer Hockey School
Cunniff’s coaching efforts are and have been pivotal in the rapid development of such N.H.L players:
Logan Couture (2010-11 N.H.L. Rookie of the Year Nominee & 2011-12 N.H.L. All-Star) Douglas Murray, Derek Joslin, Johnathan Cheechoo (2005-06 Rocket Richard Winner, 2007 N.H.L. All-Star), Jason Demers, Joe Pavelski (2016 & 2017 NHL All-Star), Ryan Clowe, Matt Carkner, Christian Ehrhoff, Brad Boyes, Patrick Rissmiller, Torrey Mitchell, Justin Braun, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Jamie McGinn, John McCarthy, Andrew Desjardins, Devin Setoguchi, Macel Goc, Josh Georges, Rob Davidson, Matt Irwin, Tommy Wingels, Nick Seeler, Zach Palmquist, Carson Soucy, Alex Tuch, Luke Kunin, Jordan Greenway, Ryan Donato and more~