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Suter Talks About Olympic Process

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
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Predators defenseman Ryan Suter was one of 34 players named to Team USA’s Olympic Orientation Camp to be held August 17-19 in Chicago. The orientation camp roster will likely be the primary source for the 2010 Olympic Team. (click here for USA Hockey's Orientation Camp release)

NashvillePredators.com caught up with Ryan Suter to talk about Team USA’s Olympic Camp in Chicago this summer and the Olympic selection process.

NashvillePredators.com: Congrats on the invite to Team USA’s Olympic Camp! How does it feel to get the invitation to go to Chicago?
Ryan Suter: I’m very excited! Obviously I have to work hard this summer, make sure I’m ready to go a little earlier than usual, so I can have a good showing at the USA Camp in August. But, the same things to make me better for the NHL season; trying to get better, get stronger this summer. The process isn’t over yet. I need to get off to a good start next season – and with that we need a good start in Nashville. That will help all of us (from the Predators) who are trying to make the Olympics.

NP.com: Have you talked to your dad about the Olympic experience and what advice has he given you?
RS: Not really. We’ve tried not to talk about it; didn’t want to jinx anything. Now that we’re this close, we’ll probably talk a little. If I make the team, I’m sure we’ll talk a lot more – about what to expect, what it means, some of that stuff – both him and Gary. (ed note: Ryan’s father, Bob, won a Gold Medal with the 1980 US Olympic Team and Ryan’s uncle, Gary, won a Silver Medal with the 2002 US Olympic Team).

NP.com: Your GM here in Nashville, David Poile, is part of the Team USA staff for the Olympics. Have you talked with David about the process? And what advice has he given you?
RS: We’ve talked a little bit. He pretty much told me to go play hard, keep playing the way I’ve been playing. He’s told me if I play the way I can and try to get bigger and stronger, things should work themselves out.

NP.com: Ron Wilson will coach Team USA at the Olympics. You played for him this spring at the World Championships. How much did that World Championships experience help prepare you for what’s upcoming in Chicago this summer?
RS: It was nice; I think it helped. Playing for Coach Wilson at the World Championships was a fun experience and it gave me a chance to work with Coach and with (Team USA General Manager) Brian Burke. It was a good chance to get to know them both; they’re both in the Eastern Conference now, so they probably didn’t get a chance to see me that much last season. And it was a good chance for me to get familiar with Coach Wilson’s style and systems.


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