Ryan Suter

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Ryan Suter
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Born (1985-01-21) January 21, 1985 (age 29)
Madison, WI, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
National team  United States
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2003
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2004–present
Website rsuter20.com

Ryan P. Suter (born January 21, 1985) is a professional ice hockey defenseman and alternate captain with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] Ryan's father, Bob, was a member of the historic gold medal-winning 1980 United States Olympic hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union in the famous "Miracle on Ice" game.[2] Ryan's uncle Gary Suter was a long-time standout in the NHL.[3] Ryan was alternate captain for the US team, earning a silver medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.[4][5]

Playing career[edit]

Suter was a member of the Predators between 2005 and 2012.

Suter played for the Madison Capitols, Culver Military Academy and then on to USA Hockey's National Development Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan before he was drafted 7th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.[6] He then played one year with the Wisconsin Badgers (Western Collegiate Hockey Association in NCAA Division I)[7] before joining the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League during the 2004–05 season.[8] He played his rookie season in the NHL with the Predators in 2005–06.[9]

On June 16, 2008, Suter signed a four-year contract extension with the Predators, worth $14 million. The contract kicked in with the 2008–09 NHL season.[10]

Suter agreed to terms with the Wild for a 13-year contract on July 4, 2012 which is worth $98 million. He and fellow free-agent signee Zach Parise were introduced to the media on July 10, and were announced as alternate captains under current captain Mikko Koivu.[11][12] Suter got off to a rough start with a -7 in his first 9 games. However, once rookie Jonas Brodin paired up with him, Suter began playing to expectations and was among three finalists for the Norris Trophy. Suter averaged a league leading 27:17 minutes of ice time. Suter helped Minnesota reach the playoffs, but the team fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.

On January 4, 2014, Suter notched his very first NHL hat trick against the Washington Capitals, his first two goals came on the powerplay 38 seconds apart in the second period, and in the third period, right after his penalty expired Suter scored his third goal on on a 2-on-1 with defenseman Clayton Stoner.[13] This goal sealed what would eventually be a 5-3 victory for the Wild.

International[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Gold 2004 Helsinki
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold 2002 Trnava
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold 2002 Manitoba

In international play, he has represented the U.S. hockey team in ten tournaments, and has won three gold medals. He says that,

"I feel it's an honor to wear the Team USA Jersey and every time I'm on the ice I play my hardest and give everything I have. Playing for Team USA is one of those things you look forward to. When I got the call and was asked to play on this team, it was an easy answer. It didn't matter who was on the team or who the coach was. It's just an honor to wear the jersey and compete for your country.[14]

On January 1, 2010, Suter was selected for the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was one of the team's alternate captains.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Suter resides in Madison, Wisconsin in the off-season. He is married to Becky Suter (née Palmer), who is from Bloomington, Minnesota. Ryan and Becky have a son named Brooks William Suter and a daughter.[16] Ryan's father is Bob Suter and his uncle is Gary Suter.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2003–04
All-WCHA Third Team 2003–04

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Culver Military Academy USHS 26 13 32 45 38
2001–02 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 35 2 10 12 75
2002–03 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 9 2 5 7 12
2003–04 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 39 3 16 19 93
2004–05 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 63 7 16 23 70 7 1 5 6 16
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 71 1 15 16 66
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 82 8 16 24 54 5 1 0 1 8
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 76 7 24 31 71 6 1 1 2 4
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 82 7 38 45 73
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 82 4 33 37 48 6 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 70 4 35 39 54 12 1 5 6 6
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 79 7 39 46 30 10 1 3 4 4
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 48 4 28 32 28 5 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 8 35 43 34 13 1 6 7 4
NHL totals 672 50 263 313 458 57 5 15 20 30

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 United States U17 7 2 3 5 4
2002 United States WJC18 8 1 6 7 12
2003 United States WJC18 4th 6 1 3 4 22
2003 United States WJC 4th 7 2 1 3 2
2004 United States WJC 6 0 2 2 8
2005 United States WJC 4th 7 1 7 8 20
2005 United States WC 6th 1 0 0 0 0
2006 United States WC 7th 7 1 1 2 10
2007 United States WC 5th 7 1 2 3 12
2009 United States WC 4th 9 1 2 3 8
2010 United States OG 6 0 4 4 2
2014 United States OG 4th 6 0 3 3 4
Junior totals 41 7 22 29 68
Senior totals 36 3 12 15 36

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Scottie Upshall
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Alexander Radulov