What a sad day for the sports world. Bob Suter, an ice hockey defenseman and member of the ‘Miracle On Ice’ 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, has died, according to reports. He was 57 years old.
Bob Suter died on Sept. 9 after suffering a heart attack, according to reports. Bob leaves behind an amazing legacy as a hockey player, coach and father. Bob rose to fame as a key member of the “Miracle On Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team, who inspired the entire nation when they won an Olympic gold medal in 1980.
Bob Suter Dead: ‘Miracle On Ice’ Hockey Player Dies At 57
This is heartbreaking. Bob passed away on Sept. 9 at 57 years old, according to CBS Sports. The former Olympic hockey player died at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wisconsin, of a heart attack, reports WISCTV News 3.
Bob rose to fame as a key member of the “Miracle On Ice” U.S. Olympic team in 1980. He played in all seven of Team USA’s games that led to the Olympic gold medal. CBS reports that Bob is the first player from the team to pass away. So sad.
Bob played hockey in college at the University of Wisconsin, and was then drafted by the LA Kings in 1977, according to CBS. The site also notes that in his lifetime, Bob coached multiple youth hockey teams and owned his own pro shop inside the arena where he died.
Bob is part of a very famous hockey family. His brother, Gary Suter, played hockey in two Olympics and won a silver medal in 2012. Bob’s son, Ryan Suter, 29, is also a professional hockey player. He’s currently playing with the Minnesota Wild team in the NHL. Ryan won a silver medial in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. In the Suter family, Bob was the only player to ever win gold.
Mike Eruzione, who played on the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team with Bob, took to Twitter to express his sadness:
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
Our thoughts are with Bob’s loved ones as they grieve during this very difficult time. HollywoodLifers, leave your well wishes for Bob’s family below.
— Megan Ross