Ryan Suter is an American defenseman who excels in all areas of the game--offense, defense and physicality. He was a key component of the 2010 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team, of which he was an alternate captain, that won silver medals in Vancouver. At the time of the 2010 Olympics, he played for the NHL's Nashville Predators, which was the team that drafted him in 2003; however, he has since moved on and is in the midst of his second season playing for the Minnesota Wild.
- One of three finalist for the NHL's Norris Trophy (best defenseman) in 2012-13.
- Finished the 2012-13 season on the NHL First All-Star Team.
- Played in the 2011-12 NHL All-Star Game.
- Won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics.
- Represented the U.S. at the 2005, 2007 and 2009 IIHF World Championships.
- Won a gold medal with the U.S. at the 2004 World Junior Championships, also participating in the 2005 and 2003 World Junior Championships.
Things to know:
1. His father, Bob, won a gold medal playing for the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. men's Olympic hockey team.
2. His uncle, Gary, won a silver medal playing for the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team in 2002, played for the U.S. team at Nagano in 1998 and skated in the NHL from 1985-2002.
3. He elected to leave his original NHL team, the Nashville Predators--whose general manager is Team USA general manager David Poile--to sign alongside friend and USA Hockey teammate Zach Parise with the Minnesota Wild for identical 13-year, $98-million terms on July 4, 2012.