Bob Suter has passed away. He was an American former ice Hockey defenseman and a member of the Miracle on Ice, he was fifty seven and the father of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Sutter, he died on Tuesday,
“The sudden loss of my father has been difficult for myself and our family — my dad was my hero and he taught me about life, hockey and what was truly important — family,” Ryan Suter said in a statement released by the Wild on Wednesday. “He will be missed greatly and his legacy and spirit will be with us every day. He lived with the motto, ‘It’s all about the kids’ and forever he will be remembered by this.
“My family and I also want to say thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from the hockey community around the world. It means a lot to us to know how much he was loved and will be missed.
His cause of death has not been said,
“We are very saddened by today’s news that Minnesota Wild scout Bob Suter suddenly passed away,” the Wild said in a statement. “The Wild organization sends its condolences to the entire Suter family during this difficult time. Not only was Bob a great hockey ambassador, he was a terrific person off the ice who will be greatly missed by all of us.”
Suter was from Madison, Wisconsin born on May 16, 1957.
“It’s a tough day for our sport, having lost a great friend and ambassador of the game,” USA Hockey said in a statement. “Bob Suter will always be remembered for his role as a member of the 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ team that captivated our country and whose impact is impossible to measure. His legacy, however, is far beyond that as he dedicated his life to advancing hockey and helping young people achieve their dreams. Bob’s positive impact on our sport will be felt for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Suter family at this difficult time.”
“We are all stunned,” said Wisconsin women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson, a U.S. Olympic teammate. “Everyone is shocked. It’s a sad day for not only the community of Madison but the hockey community who knew Bob and all of the players who he touched and who he gave an opportunity to play hockey and climb up the ladder.”
Following his retirement, Suter opened a sporting goods store and coached youth hockey becoming a part-owner and director of Capitol Ice Arena,
“This is a heartbreaking day,” said Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves, who played in college with Suter. “Bob was the ultimate teammate. He could skate like the wind and was as hard of a competitor that I ever knew. He has passed much too young.”
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