Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Suter family hockey legacy continues to grow


(Photo: Garrett Suter-cycloneshockey.com)

Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter comes from good stock when it comes to hockey. His father Bob was a member of the "Miracle on Ice" United States Olympic Hockey Team in 1980 that won the gold medal. His uncle Gary played 1,185 NHL games and had 845 career points with the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks.

The history of hockey in Suter's family was a unique part of his childhood. Hockey was always a part of his life, and he enjoyed that process.

"It was definitely special. My dad was always coaching so we were always at the rink. I grew up around it and it was a lot of fun," Suter said.

Suter grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, which is also known as "The City of Four Lakes." One of Suter's favorite memories from childhood is skating outside on the lake.

"You'd get home from school, shovel off the rink, and start skating," Suter said.

Nashville drafted Suter in 2003 as the 7th overall pick. Since then, he's had an illustrious career for the Predators. He's collected 195 points in 471 games played so far in his NHL career. Suter was also a member of the 2010 United States Olympic Hockey Team that won the Silver Medal.

The legacy of the Suter family in the world of hockey doesn't stop with Ryan, however. There is another member of the Suter family who has had his own success in the hockey world.

Garrett Suter, Ryan's brother, played for the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in college. While there, he gathered 76 points in 108 games played. Now, Garrett is a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones, which is in the East Coast Hockey League. The Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate for the Predators and the Florida Panthers.

Both of the Suter brothers are playing hockey for the majority of the year, but they still try and keep up with each other.

"We stay in touch," Suter said. "He's excited. He doesn't want to be (in Cincinnati). He wants to be in Milwaukee, but if he works hard, he's good enough where he'll be there."

The Suter family has left their mark on the world of hockey in the United States. It's become a legacy that few other families can rival. That legacy will only grow as Ryan and Garrett progress in their respective careers.

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