ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Training camp for Ryan Suter will be more than a tuneup for the season. Practicing with the Minnesota Wild will bring some respite, too.
Suter's father, a Wild scout and former U.S. Olympic team member, died Sept. 9 of a heart attack. Bob Suter was 57. His son, the star defenseman who hasn't missed a game and has spent more time on the ice than any other NHL skater since signing with the Wild two years ago, was naturally still having a hard time with the sudden loss.
"We were really close. Just a really good guy, a hard-working guy. I'm going to miss him," said Suter after pausing to for composure when his voice faltered and his eyes welled.