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1980 U.S. Olympian, Wisconsin hockey legend Bob Suter dies of apparent heart attack

 

1980 United States Olympian and former University of Wisconsin defenseman Bob Suter has died of an apparent heart attack, according to a report from Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal. Suter, 57, was the father of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and former ECHL defenseman Garrett Suter, older brother of long-time NHL defenseman Gary Suter and younger brother of former Badger teammate John Suter.

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This month's cover: September 5, 2014

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From Lake Minnetonka to the Toronto Maple Leafs

 

The developmental journey of Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner

 

By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Guest Columnist
 

There is a story to be told about Jake Gardiner. It’s story about development, patience, listening to wisdom, and finding your strengths – in order to help others and to maximize potential. On July 29, 2014, Gardiner signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not bad for a 24-year-old ‘kid’ who grew up and attended high school in Minnetonka, Minn. Gardiner is living out the dream of so many kids in Minnesota – and throughout the world – who are growing up within a childhood of playing hockey, dreaming to one day play in the National Hockey League.

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Are you “over ready” to make the jump to juniors?

 

By Gordie Roberts

I’ll start out by saying “there is no perfect answer” to the hotly-debated topic of high school hockey vs. juniors.

 

There are many roads to college hockey. Here in the state of Minnesota, the traditional route has been via community-based high school hockey. However, recently more players are forgoing their senior years to go play in the USHL, NAHL or other leagues.

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Current section format diminishing the state tournament

 

By Jack Jablonski

For years, Minnesota high school hockey’s section playoff format has been unfair and has eliminated too many of the top teams. For example, last year in the girls’ Section 6AA playoff, four of the top six teams in the state battled for one spot in the state tournament. All four deserved a better chance based on their overall season record, while other section representatives breezed through a perennially weak playoff bracket. This happens every year in the boys’ sections as well and it diminishes the quality of the AA playoffs.

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