Jan. 31, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Former Wisconsin defenseman and Madison, Wis., native Ryan Suter has been named alternated captain of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, it was announced Friday by USA Hockey. Suter is playing in his second Olympics, after winning silver in 2010 as one of the team's alternate captains.
The XXII Olympic Winter Games will be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. The United States plays Slovakia in its first game Feb. 13.
Suter is currently in his second season as alternate captain with the Minnesota Wild. He previously served as captain of the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team that played in the IIHF World Junior Championship. Suter has been a member of Team USA at four IIHF Men's World Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), three IIHF World Junior Championships (2003, 2004-gold, 2005) and two IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championships (2002-gold, 2003).
He is the third member of his family to represent the United States at the Olympics, with his father, Bob, winning gold with the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team in Lake Placid, N.Y., and his uncle Gary claiming a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and placing fifth at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. All three skated their college hockey at Wisconsin.
Suter is one of four former Badgers skating for Team USA at this year's Olympic games. San Jose Sharks' forward Joe Pavelski joins Suter for his second consecutive Olympic appearance, while New York Rangers' forward Derek Stepan and defenseman Ryan McDonagh take their first shots at gold.
In addition, former Badger Tony Granato serves as one of Team USA's assistant coaches. Granato currently serves as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Another former Badger, Jim Johannson, is the Assistant Executive Director, Hockey Operations, for the team.
Suter makes it five consecutive Olympic Winter Games during which a Wisconsin alumni will have served in an official team leadership role. Suter and Brian Rafalski were alternate captains in 2010, while Chris Chelios captained teams in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Former Badger John Taft also captained Team USA at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, while taking a year off from his time at UW.