ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Defenseman Ryan Suter was named Saturday as the the lone representative of the Minnesota Wild to the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus on Jan. 25.
It's been an up-and-down year for Suter, who has battled through some of the most trying times of his career away from the rink to be named to his second All-Star Game.
In September, Suter's father, 1980 U.S. Olympian Bob Suter, passed away suddenly after a heart attack. After a good start to the season, the Wild's play of late has been subpar; Minnesota has lost 10 of its past 12 games, including a 3-1 home loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday, and is in last place in the Central Division.
Defense - MIN
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 21 | PTS: 22
SOG: 82 | +/-: -2
Suter's good friend and teammate Zach Parise also lost his father, former NHL player J.P. Parise, to lung cancer earlier this week.
"It's been a roller coaster," Suter said. "It's hard to describe. I've never really been through anything like this."
Suter leads the NHL in average time on ice at 29:35 per game. He's also tied for eighth among defensemen with 21 assists.
Suter is the ninth Wild player to be named to the All-Star Game and will be the eighth to play in it. Mikko Koivu was selected in 2012 but did not play because of injury. Suter played in 2012 as a member of the Nashville Predators.
"It's too bad our team is playing the way we are or we'd have a few more guys there," Suter said.