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UW reacts to death of hockey legend Bob Suter

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Statements from the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department on the passing of Bob Suter
 
“We are all stunned. Everyone is shocked. It's a sad day for not only the community of Madison but the hockey community who knew Bob and all of the players who he touched and who he gave an opportunity to play hockey and climb up the ladder. Whether its high school, onto college or onto the professional ranks, he touched a lot of kids and gave them an opportunity. I think he was in a great place with the new USHL team coming in and they were just getting up and starting to practice and getting ready for some exhibition games. It is unfortunate that this happened at such a young age and there are a lot of people who are going to miss him.”
-          Wisconsin women's hockey head coach, Wisconsin and 1980 Olympic Team teammate Mark Johnson
 
“This is a heart-breaking day. Bob was the ultimate teammate. He could skate like the wind and was as hard of a competitor that I ever knew. He has passed much too young.”
-          Wisconsin men's hockey head coach and Wisconsin teammate Mike Eaves
 
“I was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Suter. The Suter name is synonymous with Badger hockey. Bob did tremendous work in the Madison and UW community to grow the sport of hockey. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Suter family.”
-          Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez
 
Bob Suter, who played at Wisconsin from 1975-79, was part of UW's 1977 NCAA championship team. He went on to help the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team to a gold medal. The Madison, Wisconsin, native is part of a Badger hockey family legacy that includes his brothers John and Gary, and his son Ryan, who all attended and played hockey for the University of Wisconsin.
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