Defenseman becomes sixth Predator picked for Olympics

Friday, January 1, 2010 at 3:24pm
Staff reports

Defenseman Ryan Suter became the sixth member of the Nashville Predators selected to play in the 2010 Winter Olympics when he was named to the United States team on Friday.

It is the first Olympic team selection for Suter, whose father, Bob Suter, was a member of the 1980 U.S. gold medal team.

The announcement was made following the NHL Winter Classic contest between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins at Fenway Park.

Suter does have a long history with with USA Hockey. He spent two years in the U.S. National Team Developmental Program and in 2004 was a part of the first U.S. team to win the World Junior Championship.

Defenseman Shea Weber (Canada), forward Martin Erat (Czech Republic), forward Patric Hornqvist (Sweden), forward Marcel Goc (Germany) and defenseman Alexander Sulzer (Germany) previously were selected for their respective national teams.

Forward Alexander Radulov, whose rights belong to the Predators, was named to the Russian team.

The NHL will suspend its schedule for two weeks (Feb. 15-March 1) in order to allow players to participate in the Olympics, which will be held at Vancouver.