Garrett Suter commits to UW

Defenseman is fourth player to verbal for class of 2005

Wisconsin may have lost Ryan Suter to the NHL late this summer, but younger brother Garrett Suter will join the Badgers next season.

The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League announced Wednesday that defenseman Garrett Suter had verbally committed to UW.

Garrett will be the latest in a long line of Suters to grace the ice in the Badger uniform, joining his father, Bob, uncles Gary and John and his brother Ryan.

Bob Suter was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that captured gold at Lake Placid. Gary Suter spent two seasons at UW and 17 in the NHL, with more than 900 career points. John Suter played at Wisconsin from 1973-78 and, along with Bob, was part of the Badgers' 1977 National Championship team. Ryan Suter had three goals, 16 assists and plus-19 rating in his one season at Wisconsin.

Garrett Suter, 17, is youngest player on the Gamblers roster. In Green Bay's first four game this season, Suter has one goal and one assist. Like his father, who accumulated 377 minutes in penalties in his four years (75-79) at Wisconsin, Suter also plays a physical style, leading the Gamblers in penalty minutes with 16 on the 2004-05 campaign

Suter is the third Gambler defensemen in the last two years to commit to Wisconsin. Kyle Klubertanz and Josh Engel, both of whom played last season in Green Bay under current-Badgers assistant coach Mark Osiecki, will take the ice as UW freshmen defenseman when the Badgers begin their 2004-05 season tonight.

Garrett Suter is the fourth player to give Wisconsin a verbal commitment for the class of 2005, joining goaltender Shane Connelly and forwards Jack Skille and Tom Gorowsky.

Suter becomes the eighth Gambler off the 2004-05 squad to commit to a NCAA Division I institution. Others include forwards Corey Couturier (Ferris State), Tyler Lehrke (Bemidji State), Mitch Kerns (Minnesota-Duluth), Brad Miller (North Dakota) and Blake Wheeler (Minnesota), defenseman Adam Davis (Northern Michigan) and goaltender Michael Zacharias (Minnesota State – Mankato).

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