May 16, 1957|
Madison, WI, USA
|Died||September 9, 2014
Middleton, WI, USA
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)|
|National team||United States|
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|1980 Lake Placid||Team|
Robert Allen Suter (May 16, 1957 – September 9, 2014) was an American former ice hockey defenseman and member of the Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team who won the gold medal. He was the brother of former National Hockey League (NHL) player Gary Suter and father of current NHL player Ryan Suter and Garrett Suter who plays for the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. His nephew Jeremy Dehner is currently playing for KHL team Jokerit.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Suter attended Madison East High School. He played college hockey at University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a member of the 1977 NCAA hockey champion Wisconsin Badgers. He was mostly noted for his rough play, setting several Badger records for penalty minutes before leaving in 1979. He initially joined the Tulsa Oilers under a tryout contract for a few games in late 1979, but soon joined the 1980 US Olympic hockey team on a full-time basis, where he won the gold medal.
Suter was selected with the 120th pick in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and also no. 58 overall in the 1977 World Hockey Association draft by the Birmingham Bulls. He rejected Los Angeles' contract offer following the 1980 Olympics, and instead sat out 1980–81 season to become an unrestricted free agent. He came out of retirement in the spring of 1981 to play for the United States team at the 1981 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Stockholm. Suter signed with the Minnesota North Stars as unrestricted free agent in 1981, but spent the entire 1981–82 season in the Central Hockey League with the Nashville South Stars farm team. He retired in 1982 without playing a single game in the NHL.
Post playing career
Suter returned to Madison after his retirement and opened a sporting goods store called Gold Medal Sports. He also coached youth hockey in Madison after his retirement and became a part-owner and director of Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Suter died on September 9, 2014, of a heart attack suffered at Capitol Ice Arena. He is the first player from of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to pass away. The team's head coach, Herb Brooks, was killed in an automobile accident in 2003.
In popular culture
Suter was not featured in a 1981 TV movie about the 1980 U.S. hockey team called Miracle on Ice, except in archival footage of the gold medal ceremony.
Awards and achievements
|All-WCHA Second Team||1978–79|
- 1980 Olympics Gold Medal
- Bob Suter's hockeydraftcentral.com bio
- Bob Suter's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Bob Suter: #20, a brief history of Bob, Gary and Ryan Suter