Ryan Suter thrilled father to be honored by 'Miracle on Ice' team


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, which produced the iconic Miracle on Ice victory over the Soviet Union, will be reuniting next month to celebrate the 35th anniversary of that historic win in Lake Placid, New York.

The reunion will be an emotional one, given the recent passing of teammate Bob Suter.

The team will raise Suter's No. 20 jersey to the rafters of the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid.

Suter's son, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, was thrilled that his father is going to be so honored.

"I mean, I get goose bumps when I hear that said," Ryan Suter said. "It’s definitely exciting. I wish, I wish and I hope maybe I’ll be able to get out there for it.

“For the team to be honoring my dad, I think it’ll be pretty special."

As for the struggles of his Wild team, a team many -- including this author -- thought were ready to take a step toward contending for a Stanley Cup, Suter said maybe they were thinking that last season's successes (they came from behind to beat the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs and lost a closely contested second-round series to the Chicago Blackhawks) would come naturally this season.

"Early on in the year we were talking a lot about last year and lately, we threw that out," Suter said.

"We said: 'Last year was last year. We have to focus on this year.' That's been our mindset this last week. We have a good group of guys here. We have a good mix of a lot of older guys and younger guys. We feel comfortable with what we have. And we can do this."