Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter reported to training camp just days after his father died.
Suter's father Bob, a member of the "Miracle On Ice" 1980 U.S. Olympic team, passed away suddenly on Sept. 9.
In difficult times, Suter has had his teammates and the support of the Wild organization to lean on. Owner Craig Leipold flew the team to Minnesota so all of the players could attend Bob Suter's funeral.
"It's been amazing. Starting with Craig, flying the whole team there. It's a special organization," Suter said Friday.
Less than a week after his father was laid to rest, Suter is back to work along with the rest of the Wild, who open the regular season at home against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 9.
"It's good to be back around the guys," Suter said. "My dad, we were pretty close … just a really good, hard-working guy."
Teammate Zach Parise told the Minnesota Star Tribune that Suter came in ready to go.
"After the first 10 minutes, he was back to his old self," Parise said. "I don't think anybody has to be worried."
In addition to being known for his contributions to one of the great stories in sports history, Bob Suter coached youth hockey in Madison, Wis., and was a scout for the Wild from 2012-14. Ryan Suter spoke of the number of donations that have been made in his father's honor and how he's hoping to put them to good use in his memory.
"Everybody all over has contacted my family," he said. "We're going to try to give back to hockey."
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