NHL notes: Bob Suter, Miracle on Ice defenceman, dies at 57
Bob Suter, hockey (1957-2014)
Suter was a defenceman on the 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ team that stunningly won the Olympic gold medal in hockey against the then-Soviet Union. Suter was drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Kings in 1977 but did not make it to the NHL during his playing career. Suter, 57, died of an apparent heart attack in September.
Bob Suter, a defenceman on the 1980 Miracle on Ice team that stunningly won the Olympic gold medal in hockey, died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday at age 57 in Madison, Wis.
Suter played in all seven games during the U.S. team's improbable run to the gold and in its shocking victory over the then-Soviet Union.
Suter was drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Kings in 1977 but did not make it to the NHL during his playing career. However, his son, Ryan Suter, is now a star for the Minnesota Wild. Suter's brother, Gary, and Ryan Suter both played in the Olympics and won silver medals.
After retiring as a player, Suter coached youth hockey in the Madison area, where he went to college at the University of Wisconsin, ran a hockey pro shop, Suter's Gold Medal Sports, and served as a scout for the Wild.
"We are very saddened by today's news that Minnesota Wild scout Bob Suter suddenly passed away," the Wild said in a statement. "The Wild organization sends its condolences to the entire Suter family during this difficult time. Not only was Bob a great hockey ambassador, he was a terrific person off the ice who will be greatly missed by all of us."
U.S. Olympic teammate Mike Eruzione tweeted, "Sad news at the passing of Bob Suter a great teammate on 1980 Olympic team he will be missed by so many RIP."
STEVENS STEPS ASIDE
Scott Stevens is leaving his job as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils after two years.
The 50-year-old Stevens will be replaced by Tommy Albelin, who also is a former Devils player. Albelin was serving as an assistant coach for Albany in the American Hockey League.
“It’s not the organization. It’s not this. It’s not that. It’s just that was a decision he made,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said of Stevens, according to NorthJersey.com. “I’m sure it’s not something that will be long term. I’m sure he’ll be back into coaching, hopefully, here someday. It’s just a personal thing.”
Lamoriello went on to say that he didn’t think Stevens would be back this season. Stevens was hired as an assistant by the Devils in 2012 along with Matt Shaw to replace Adam Oates and Larry Robinson.
“I don’t believe that will happen,” he said of Stevens returning during the 2014-15 season. “This is a decision he made and I don’t think anybody should read into anything of anything. It’s just a personal decision. Personal, professional, whatever way you want to look at it, it’s just a decision he made.”
Stevens was in charge of the defense with the Sabres.
Albelin previously was with the Devils as an assistant coach for three seasons from 2007 to 2010.
SCHILLING FOR CAPS
The Washington Capitals re-signed defenceman Cameron Schilling to a one-year, two-way contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, although the deal is valued at $625,000 at the NHL level and $110,000 at the AHL level, according to the Washington Post.
Schilling, 25, was a restricted free agent. The 6-foot-2, 182-pounder made his NHL debut March 12, 2013 and has played in two career games for the Capitals, including one last season, without registering a point.
Schilling is expected to compete for a roster spot near the bottom of the blueline rotation this season.
He has 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 147 career AHL games, including 16 points to go along with 89 penalty minutes in 70 games with the Hershey Bears last season, finishing fourth on the team in penalty minutes and third among defensemen with 13 assists.
Schilling played four years at Miami University, collecting 57 points in 144 games, and was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
The Capitals open training camp Sept. 19.
LEAFS SIGN ABBOTT
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed left winger Spencer Abbott to a one-year contract Tuesday.
Financial terms of the deal were not released by the team.
The 26-year-old Abbott spent the majority of last season with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League, posting 17 goals and 52 assists. He added 11 points in 11 playoff games.
Abbott played in one game for the Maple Leafs last season in his NHL debut.