Ryan Suter
Born January 21, 1985,
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (0 m)
207 lb (94 kg; 14)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Minnesota Wild
USHS-Prep
Culver Military Academy Prep
USDP
U.S. National U17 Team
U.S. National U18 Team
NAHL
U.S. National U18 Team
NCAA
Univ. of Wisconsin
AHL
Milwaukee Admirals
NHL
Nashville Predators
Ntl. team Flag of the United States.png United States of America
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2003
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2000–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, 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 longtime 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 | edit source]

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 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 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 2-on-1 with defenseman Clayton Stoner.[13] This goal sealed what would eventually be a 5–3 victory for the Wild.

In 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.

Coach/Team staff career[edit | edit source]

Team Years
Madison Capitols 2013-present

Suter is the franchise owner and chairman of the Madison Capitols of the USHL since 2013.

International[edit | edit source]

Medal record

Canada's Jonathan Toews guards the puck from Suter during the 2010 Winter Olympics
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the Flag of the United States 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

Suter played for the USA at the 2002 World U17 Hockey Challenge, 2002 and 2003 World U18 Championships (at the second one as the captain), 2003, 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships (at the last one as the captain), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2019 World Championships (at the last one as the alternate captain), 2010 and 2014 (at both as the alternate captain) and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (also as the alternate captain)

Personal life[edit | edit source]

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 named Avery. They welcomed a second daughter in March 2015, Parker [14][15] 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.[16]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    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
NHL totals 913 69 373 442 568 78 6 23 29 44

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 United States U17 Gold medal icon.svg 7 2 3 5 4
2002 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon.svg 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 Gold medal icon.svg 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 Silver medal icon.svg 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 | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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