An update on the tragic loss of Bob Suter, Ryan's dad and the Wild scout, ...
Ryan Suter issued this statement through Wild PR: 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.
Tom Sagissor, the former Badger and close family friend of the Suters, called this morning. As you can imagine, Tom is incredibly broken up by the loss of his friend. Tom and Ryan drove to Madison last night and Ryan plans to put out a statement through the Wild today. The family is obviously devastated.
Funeral plans are still pending, but Tom said Wild owner Craig Leipold has been incredibly supportive and plans to fly the entire team and family members to Bob's funeral.
"I just think that says huge things about Craig and the organization," Tom said. "Bob was a fantastic guy, just a great father and he was great to kids and good to the game of hockey. All those kids were just affected by him and his ability to keep people in the game."
Bob Suter, who died at the rink he co-owned with his son, was, as ESPN's John Buccigross so poignantly said below, a rink rat.
In a story last year, Ryan Suter told me he never grew up dreaming of playing in the NHL. He figured he would go to the University of Wisconsin like his dad and uncle, Gary, and then work at the rink with his dad. His father was always at that rink, whether it was sweeping the locker rooms, resurfacing the ice or devoting his time to the kids who love to skate down at Capitol Ice.
Some tweets from yesterday:
I mourn the loss of my mentor, idol and dearest best friend. His love for kids and the game of hockey was inspiring! pic.twitter.com/kPtopBpA4N— Tom Sagissor (@SagissorTom) September 10, 2014
The world lost an amazing man today. Bob was one of the greatest people I have ever known. I wouldn't be the person I am today without him— Jake Suter (@JakeSuter) September 9, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Suter family today. I will miss you forever Bob Suter— Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) September 9, 2014
Sad news at the passing of Bob Suter a great teammate on1980 Olympic team he will be missed by so many RIP BamBam— MIKE ERUZIONE (@MERUZIONE) September 9, 2014
Thanks Bob Suter for giving me my favorite moment as a kid. Just thinking and praying for their family. God Bless— shjon podein (@spodein) September 9, 2014
As I mentioned on yesterday's blog, Bob Suter scouted the USHL and Wisconsin high schools the past two years for the Wild. He was a big reason the Wild drafted defenseman Gustav Olofsson.
"Bob was a tremendous asset to our scouting staff," assistant GM Brent Flahr said. "He loved the game of hockey, he was around rinks all of his life, and he had a natural eye for talent. He put countless miles on his truck in order to scout games for us and he loved to talk hockey. He was a lot of fun to have at meetings, he had a great sense of humor, and was just a positive guy to be around. It was a sad day for all of our staff and he will be greatly missed."