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Suter jumps on ‘unique opportunity,’ buys part of USHL team

Ryan Suter

ST PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 28: Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild controls the puck during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 28, 2013 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota.

One year after signing a $98 million contract, Ryan Suter has decided to invest.

The Minnesota defenseman has joined the ownership group of the USHL’s Madison Capitols, an expansion club that will begin play in the top U.S. junior league next season.

“I am so excited about the USHL playing in Madison where I have so many friends, memories and deep hockey roots,” Suter said in a statement. “This is a new and unique opportunity for me to be an owner and investor and I believe in the product and the great staff that is being assembled.

“I look forward to the first game and the support of the great hockey fans in the Madison area.”

Suter, 28, has major ties to Madison. He’s a Wisconsin native that played for the Badgers in his one year of collegiate hockey, and cited his desire to stay close to his hometown as a reason for signing with Minnesota in the summer of 2012.

The Suter family ties run deep in Madison. Ryan’s dad, Bob, won a national title with Wisconsin in 1977 and was a member of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team.

Another Suter -- Ryan’s uncle, Gary -- is a former Badger that went on to play over 1,000 NHL games.