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PHOTOS COURTESY OF USA Hockey Magazine Archives; Arizona Coyotes; Harry Thompson OCTOBER. 2014 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM 06 STOPs STARTS & USA HOCKEY NEWS & UPDATES ark Johnson once said that being a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team was an important part of his life, but it was not the only part of his life. Bob Suter, Johnson's teammate on that Miracle on Ice squad as well as a fel- low Wisconsin Badger, lived by the same golden rule. More than just one of the 20 collegiate upstarts who staged the biggest upset in history, Suter was a father, husband, hockey coach, mentor and ambassador for the game. The man who was synonymous with Wisconsin hockey passed away of an apparent heart attack while working at the Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wis., where he was the part-owner and director. He was 57. Suter is the first playing member of the 1980 team to pass away. Herb Brooks, coach of the legendary team, died Aug. 11, 2003 in an automobile accident. "We are all stunned," said Johnson, who coaches the University of Wisconsin women's team. "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." A native of Madison, Suter was a stand- out defenseman at Wisconsin, helping the Badgers win the 1977 NCAA champion- ship. He left school two years later to try out for the U.S. Olympic Team. After Lake Placid, Suter signed with the Minnesota North Stars and spent the 1981-82 season in the minors before retiring. While he never made it to the NHL, Suter helped clear a path to promi- nence for his younger brother, Gary, a 17-year NHL standout defenseman, and his son Ryan, who plays for the Minnesota Wild in addition to playing for two U.S. Olympic Teams. Suter returned to his roots to open Gold Medal Sports, a sporting goods store on Madison's East Side, and began giving back to the game as a long-time head coach with the Madison Capitols youth program. He led Capitols teams to a number of USA Hockey National Championships, including the 14 & Under squad that made it to the finals of the 2002 Tier I tournament. "Today is a very sad day," tweeted Phil Kessel, a member of that Capitols squad who went on to NHL superstardom. "I lost a great coach, friend and mentor. He made [me] into the player and person I am today, and I will forever be grateful." Bob Suter Remembered As More Than Just A 'Miracle' Man M A FAMILY AFFAIR Three members of the Kuklinski family (Jeff, Gary and Tom) flank long-time hockey coach Jerry Tighe during their induction into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame on Sept. 6 at the Eagle River Resort. The brothers from Mosinee each played college hockey, Tom and Gary at the University of Wisconsin and Jeff at Wisconsin-River Falls. Gary and Jeff each went on to have long careers with the Mosinee Papermakers, an adult powerhouse program in the Badger State. All three brothers also enjoyed distinguished careers as coaches and administrators. Tighe made his mark on the game as a coach at the youth and high school levels. While his coaching record is second to none, his proudest accomplishment is that 17 former players went on to play college hockey, and many more continue to give back to the game as coaches. Bob Suter's contributions to the game were more than just his role in the 'Miracle on Ice.'

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