Bob Suter, a member of the United States' “Miracle On Ice” team, has died at the age of 57, according to the the Wisconsin State Journal.
Suter sustained an apparent heart attack in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the first player from the 1980 gold medal-winning team to die.
He was the father of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, who has been a member of the last two U.S. Olympic hockey teams. Bob Suter was the only member of the 1980 team who has had a son play in the NHL, according to Yahoo Sports.
He was a defenseman with the U.S. team in Lake Placid and played collegiately for Wisconsin. He was chosen in the 1977 NHL draft but never appeared in an NHL game.
One of Suter's teammates on the "Miracle on Ice" team, Mike Eruzione, responded to the news on Twitter:
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
- Molly Geary