To honor the life of Bob Suter, there will be a wake at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, Friday from 3-7 p.m. Bob's funeral will be held at Alliant Energy Center on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The venue was chosen because there's not a Lutheran church in the area with the capacity to hold the expected number of guests. The public is welcome to the wake and the funeral.
Mark Johnson, Tom Sagissor and son Garrett Suter will eulogize Bob.
Bob Suter, a Wild scout and member of the famed "Miracle on Ice," died Monday in Middleton, Wisconsin, at the age of 57.
Earlier today, Wild defenseman Ryan Suter released the following statement through the team regarding the loss of his dad:
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. 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.
Wild owner Craig Leipold is chartering an aircraft to bring the team -- teammates, coaches, management, staff and family members -- to Bob's funeral, calling it a "no-brainer. It's just a sad time."
Friend and teammate Zach Parise told me today, "It’s the right thing to do. It sounds cliché, but you have your team and you consider that your second family. I’ve known Ryan for a long time, and I’m glad that we’re doing that. Even if we didn’t have a plane, I’ll bet you the whole team would drive. I’m just glad that we’ll be there for Ryan and his family.”