Ryan Suter

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Every family has certain traditions they vehemently follow. While most people’s tradition are more in the ball park of pizza every Thursday, or Saturday night bingo with grandma, professional hockey player and sports speaker Ryan Suter inherited something a little more unique – the Olympics. From his father to two of his uncles to his grandfather, even as a child there was little doubt of where the young Suter would find himself. He was on skates by the time he was two. After a year of playing for the Wisconsin Badgers, the alma mater of both his father and uncles, he was selected as the seventh all around pick in the 2003 NHL entry draft. After playing a year in the American Hockey League, his official rookie year in the NHL with the Nashville Predators began in 2005. In 2012, he transferred to the Minnesota Wild.

Besides being an important goal scorer and defender for his NHL team, Suter is a powerful team player on the US national team. He has played in ten world championships for team USA, spanning from 2002 to 2009. Following in the footsteps (or skate tracks, rather) of his father, he also played on two Olympic teams, in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada, and again in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Through his successful career he has won and been nominated for various awards and as well as enjoyed many achievements.  In 2010, he helped team USA bring home the silver medal, only losing to Canada. Suter was selected to play in the NHL all-star game in both 2012 and 2013. In 2013 Suter was a James Norris Memorial Trophy finalist, eventually losing to the Montreal Canadiens’ P. K. Subban. In 2013, he also won The Hockey News’ Bobby Orr Award for the best defenseman in the league.