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Wild's Suter excited to be an All-Star again

by Dan Myers /

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.

Ryan Suter
Defense - MIN
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 21 | PTS: 22
SOG: 82 | +/-: -2
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.

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.

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