ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Training camp for Ryan Suter will be more than a tuneup for the season. Practicing with the Minnesota Wild will bring respite.

Suter’s father, a Wild scout and former U.S. Olympic team member, died Sept. 9 of a heart attack. Bob Suter was 57.

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Suter returned to the ice Friday for the first time since his dad’s death. Practice with the Wild was a welcome diversion from the grieving process, but Suter’s voice faltered and his eyes welled.

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Suter says he’s grateful for the support he and his family have received from around the sport. Wild owner Craig Leopold flew the entire team to the funeral.

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