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Ryan Suter
Position Defense
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team Minnesota Wild
Born January 21 1985 (1985-01-21) (age 32),
Oregon, WI, USA
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2003
Nashville Predators
Pro Career 2004 – present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the Flag of the United States United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver Tournament

Ryan Suter (born January 21, 1985) is a professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for and serves as an alternate captain for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is also an alternate captain of the US Olympic Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics. 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. Ryan's uncle Gary Suter was a long-time standout in the NHL, playing for 17 seasons with the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, and the San Jose Sharks, and won the silver medal representing the United States in the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City. Ryan was alternate captain for the US team, and carried on the family trend by earning a silver medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Playing careerEdit

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. He then played one year with the Wisconsin Badgers (Western Collegiate Hockey Association in NCAA Division I) before joining the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League during the 2004–05 season. He played his rookie season in the NHL with the Predators in 2005–06.

In international play, he has represented the United States in around seven 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.[1]"

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.

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

On July 4, 2012, Suter signed a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. Free agent Zach Parise also signed this contract with the Wild on the same day.


Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
NHL totals 463 31 161 192 366 29 3 8 9 18

International playEdit

Played for the United States in:

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2002 United States WJC18 8 1 6 7 12
2003 United States WJC18 6 1 3 4 22
2003 United States WJC 7 2 1 3 2
2004 United States WJC 6 0 2 2 8
2005 United States WJC 7 1 7 8 20
2006 United States WC 7 1 1 2 10
Int'l totals 41 6 20 26 70


  1. Suter Named Alternate Captain for US Olympic Team. Nashville Predators (January 11, 2010).

External linksEdit

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

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