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Ryan Suter named Olympic alternate captain for Team USA

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From the Nashville Predators:

General Manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team Brian Burke announced today that Predators defenseman Ryan Suter will serve as an alternate captain for the nation at the upcoming Winter Games in Vancouver. New Jersey forward Jamie Langenbrunner will serve as captain, while Devils forward Zach Parise, Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown and Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski will also be a part of the team's leadership group. This is the second time Suter has worn a letter for Team USA - he was captain of the 2005 World Junior Championships squad.

This is the Madison, Wis., native's first Olympics, but eighth time representing the U.S. in international play - he's played in three World Junior Championships and four World Championships. In 2004, he helped the Red, White and Blue to their first-ever gold medal at the world junior tournament. Ryan's father, Bob Suter, was a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic Team that won the gold medal at Lake Placid. For the Predators in 2009-10, the seventh overall pick in the 2003 Entry Draft held at the Sommet Center has 21 points, including 19 assists, which ranks among the defensive league leaders. He has appeared in all 45 of the club's games, and leads Nashville in average ice time (24:01).


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This is obviously a tremendous honor for Suter, and reflects the steady development he's enjoyed throughout his young career.

ATTENTION NASHVILLE MEDIA: Get on board with this story, it's a good one to follow at the Winter Olympics.