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Ryan Suter, American Hockey Hero

Kevin Allen at USA Today highlights the international resume of Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter, who is currently a key player on Team USA's entry at the Hockey World Championships. This marks the 9th time that Suter has represented his country at a world tournament, at the age of 24:

Suter was on a gold medal U.S. team at the Under-18 championship in 2002 and Under-20 tournament in 2004. He also helped Team USA win a silver medal at the Under-18 championships in 2003.

"It's funny now because I see him playing at this level the way he played at the Under-18 level," [USA Hockey's Director of Hockey Operations Jim] Johannson said. "He's always had a calm to his game. ... He's never a wasted energy player. His stick skills are just polished now. He's valuable to us because he has blossomed in the NHL, but he understands the international game."


Ryan Suter

#20 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-1

196

Jan 21, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Ryan Suter 82 7 38 45 -16 73 3 0 3 0 143 4.9

There's every reason to believe Suter will be a part of the American men's team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as well.