Ryan Suter, a native of Madison, Wisconsin and son of Bob Suter, is in his 13th season in the National Hockey League, and serves as and owner and the chairman of Madtown Hockey, LLC. Suter is entering his sixth season with the Minnesota Wild after spending his first seven NHL seasons with the Nashville Predators.
Suter played youth hockey for the original Madison Capitols, followed by Culver Military Academy and the USA Hockey National Development Team. He was drafted seventh overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and followed his father’s footsteps by attending the University of Wisconsin. Suter posted 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and 93 penalty minutes in 39 games his freshman year. He was named to the 2004 WCHA All-Rookie Team and the 2004 WCHA Third All-Star Team.
Suter turned professional in 2004, joining the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, the top affiliate of the Predators, for the 2004-05 season. He made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005 for the Predators, posting an assist and a plus-1 rating in a 3-2 victory over San Jose. In his seven years with the Predators, Ryan played in 542 games, scoring 238 points (38 goals, 200 assists), a plus-43 rating, and 396 penalty minutes. He helped lead the Predators to the playoffs in five of his seven seasons, twice advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals. He was also a 2012 NHL All-Star game selection prior to becoming a free agent at the end of the 2011-2012 season.
On July 4, 2012, Suter teamed up with former New Jersey Devils forward and Minnesota native Zach Parise, signing equal 10-year contracts with the Minnesota Wild. He played all 48 games during the shortened 2013 season, posting 32 points (four goals, 28 assists), was a 2013 NHL First All-Star Team selection, and was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman. For the 2015-16 season, Suter ranked second in the NHL, averaging 28:35 time on ice per game, including 22 games of more than 30 minutes. He set a personal record 36:51 on November 7, 2013 at Washington. Suter also recorded a career-high with 43 assists, 51 points, 21 power play points, and 188 shots on goal during the 2015-16 season with the Wild. The blueliner set new career-highs with nine goals and a plus-34 rating during the 2016-17 season with Minnesota.
In addition to his NHL career, Suter has represented the United States in multiple international competitions. He has won three gold medals, winning the 2002 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, 2002 IIHF World U18 Championships, and 2004 World Junior Championships. He was also an alternate captain for Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in Vancouver.
Suter resides in Madison, Wisconsin in the off-season with his wife, son and two daughters.