Ryan Suter will represent the Minnesota Wild at the 2015 National Hockey League All-Star Weekend, Jan. 24-25 in Columbus, Ohio.
"It’s a lot of fun. The whole thing they put on, from Friday night’s draft, that’s always fun to be around…The skills competition, it’s fun to sit back and watch the snipers go at it," Suter said Saturday afternoon. "It's a good celebration of hockey and I’m excited to represent the Minnesota Wild."
Suter, 29 (1/21/85), leads the NHL in TOI/game at 29:35 this season, topping 30 minutes in 13 contests and leading all skaters – Wild and opponent – in TOI in 35 of his 38 games this season (92.1%). He ranks tied for eighth amongst defensemen in assists with 21 this season. He has tallied 22 points (1-21=22) in 38 games and ranks second on the Wild in assists and blocked shots and fourth in scoring. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Madison, Wisc., was named to the 2013 NHL First All-Star Team and played in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. He has recorded 335 points (51-284=335) a plus-58 rating and 476 penalty minutes (PIM) in 710 career games with Nashville and Minnesota.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and city of Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star festivities, Jan. 24-25. The League's midseason showcase will include the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. CT on NBCSN and the Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. CT on NBCSN.
Eight Wild players have represented the team in past NHL All-Star Games: Marian Gaborik (2003, 2008), Filip Kuba and Dwayne Roloson (2004), Brian Rolston (2007), Niklas Backstrom (2009), Brent Burns and Martin Havlat (2011) and Mikko Koivu (2012 – did not play due to injury).