Defenseman Ryan Suter has had a long road to the NHL. However, the former seventh overall selection in the 2003 NHL Draft has made every moment count in his professional hockey playing career, which includes being a part of the U.S. men’s hockey team that took home the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
The Madison, Wis. native grew up where hockey still means something in the state. Growing up he played for the Madison Capitals, Culver Military Academy and the USA Hockey’s National Developmental Team. Even though he was drafted by the Nashville Predators, which was at one point supposed to be the NHL team in Milwaukee, he decided to play one season with the always-talented Wisconsin Badgers hockey team.
After that, he spent some time with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals before finally suiting up with the Predators in 2005. On July 4, 2012, Suter signed a massive 13-year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.
One of Suter’s biggest claims to fame is his last name. Diehard hockey fans may recognize that it’s the same name as defenseman Bob Suter of the legendary U.S. men’s hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The reason for that is because Bob is actually the father of Ryan.
As far as the 2014 Winter Games are concerned, Suter is expected to play a big role on defense for Team USA. Not only will he have to make a statement on the ice, but also Suter must lead the team in more ways than one after he was named an alternate captain for the Olympics.