Wis. hockey legend dies of heart attack at ice arena

Bob Suter played on Miracle On Ice team in 1980 Olympics

Officials with University of Wisconsin Hockey have confirmed Bob Suter died of a heart attack at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton Tuesday.

Suter, 57, was part of the Miracle On Ice team that competed in the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. The team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, upset the Soviet Union and then went on to defeat Finland to win gold.

Suter’s hockey career ended soon after the 1980 Olympics. He retired in 1982 having never played in an NHL game. He returned to Madison, and opened a sporting goods store, coached youth hockey, and later became a part-owner of Capitol Ice Arena.