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). Ryan’s father, Bob, was a member of the historic gold medal-winning 1980 United StatesOlympic 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. Ryan was alternate captain for the US team, earning a silver medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
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.
He 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 signeeZach Parise were introduced to the media on July 10, and were announced as alternate captains under current captain Mikko Koivu.
|Men’s ice hockey|
|Competitor for the United States|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge|
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.