Ryan Suter

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Ryan Suter
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Born (1985-01-21) January 21, 1985 (age 34)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 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 Suter (born January 21, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and alternate captain with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] He has also played for the Nashville Predators.

Ryan's father, Bob Suter, 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 also a longtime standout in the NHL.[3] Ryan was alternate captain for the U.S. national team, earning a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[4][5]

Playing career[edit]

Nashville Predators[edit]

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

Suter played for the Madison Capitols, Culver Military Academy and then went on to the USA Hockey's National Development Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before he was drafted seventh 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 (AHL) 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, $14 million contract extension with the Predators which commenced for the 2008–09 NHL season.[10]

Minnesota Wild[edit]

On July 4, 2012, Suter signed a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. He and fellow free agent signee Zach Parise were introduced to the media on July 10 and were announced as alternate captains under captain Mikko Koivu.[11][12] Suter got off to a rough start with a –7 plus-minus rating in his first nine games. However, once he began pairing with rookie defenseman Jonas Brodin, Suter began playing to expectations and was among three finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded yearly to the NHL's top defenseman during the regular season. For the season, Suter averaged an NHL-leading 27:17 minutes of ice time as he helped Minnesota reach the playoffs, where the team fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.

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

During the 2015–16 season, Suter set a franchise record for the Minnesota Wild with the most points by a defenseman in a single season. With 43 assists and 51 points, he also set a personal best in both categories. Throughout his tenure with the Wild, he has continuously been relied upon to play a large number of minutes including on the power play and on the penalty kill.

On October 19, 2018, in a 3–1 win against the Dallas Stars, Suter recorded his 500th NHL point, becoming the 11th American-born defensemen to reach the milestone.[14] Later that month, on October 25, Suter played in his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 109th defenseman to reach the milestone.[15]

International[edit]

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Canada's Jonathan Toews guards the puck from Suter during the 2010 Winter Olympics
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Helsinki
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Trnava
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manitoba

In international play, Suter has represented the United States in ten tournaments, and has won three gold medals.

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."[16]

On January 1, 2010, Suter was named to the United States' roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was one of the team's alternate captains.[17]

In 2016, he was also selected to represent the United States at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey alongside Wild teammate Zach Parise.

Personal life[edit]

Suter resides in Madison, Wisconsin, during the NHL off-season. He is married to Becky Suter (née Palmer), who is from Bloomington, Minnesota. Ryan and Becky have three children together.[18][19] His uncle is Gary Suter. Ryan's father, Bob Suter, member of the Miracle on Ice U.S. hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympics, died September 9, 2014.[20]

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
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 77 2 36 38 48 10 0 3 3 0
2015–16 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 8 43 51 30 6 0 3 3 4
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 9 31 40 36 5 1 2 3 10
2017–18 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 6 45 51 34
NHL totals 991 75 418 493 602 78 6 23 29 44

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 United States U17 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 2 3 5 4
2002 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 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 1st, gold medalist(s) 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 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 4 4 2
2014 United States OG 4th 6 0 3 3 4
2016 United States WCH 7th 3 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 41 7 22 29 68
Senior totals 39 3 13 16 36

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2004
All-WCHA Third Team 2004
NHL
All-Star Game 2012, 2015, 2017
First All-Star Team 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2012-07-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_21038310/shooter-now-wilds-ryan-suter-lauds-dads-miracle
  3. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/s/suterga01.html
  4. ^ http://www.rantsports.com/minnesota-wild/2012/07/09/wild-name-zach-parise-ryan-suter-as-alternate-captains/
  5. ^ http://proicehockey.about.com/od/olympichockey/a/2010-usa-roster.htm
  6. ^ http://www.hockeynut.com/0304/round1.html
  7. ^ http://www.buckys5thquarter.com/2012/7/5/3137859/minnesota-wild-make-ryan-suter-a-very-very-rich-man
  8. ^ http://www.milwaukeeadmirals.com/home/news/2011/03/0314alumsnhl.html
  9. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/s/suterry01.html
  10. ^ http://teachmefinance.com/Sports%20Finance/Ryan%20Suter%20Nashville%20Predators%202008-2009%20NHL%20statistics.html
  11. ^ "Wild agrees to terms with Suter, working on Parise". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  12. ^ "Ex-Badger Suter, Parise make Minnesota place to be". NBC Sports. 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  13. ^ Hat trick: Ryan Suter scores 3 in Wild's 5-3 win over Capitals
  14. ^ Miller, Jeff (October 19, 2018). "Suter, Wild rally past Stars in third". NHL.com. Retrieved October 20, 2018. Suter became the 11th United States-born defensemen with 500 NHL points
  15. ^ Myers, Dan (October 15, 2018). "'All-time player' Suter preps for 1,000th NHL game". NHL.com. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "Suter finds place in Team USA". USA Hockey. 2007-04-05. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  17. ^ "Suter Named Alternate Captain for US Olympic Team". Nashville, Tenn: Nashville Predators. January 11, 2010.
  18. ^ "Suter, Parise are Minnesota bound". jawandpuck.com. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  19. ^ Madsen, Tamira (September 2014). "Hockey's Ryan Suter Is Back". madisonmagazine.com'. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  20. ^ "'Miracle on Ice' player Bob Suter dies of apparent heart attack at age 57". nhl.com. The Canadian Press. September 9, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Scottie Upshall
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Alexander Radulov