SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has been named a finalist for James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.” Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins) and P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens) were also named finalists.
Suter, 28 (1/21/85), recorded 32 points (4-28=32) including 15 power-play points (3-12=15), 24 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-2 rating in 48 games with Minnesota this season. He led the NHL in TOI/game at 27:16, ranked second in assists and third in scoring amongst defensemen. Suter ranked first on the Wild in assists and blocked shots, tied for second with seven multi-point games and fourth in scoring. His time on ice total set a new franchise record. Suter skated more than 30 minutes in 10 games this season and logged a season-high 32:54 of ice time in Minnesota’s 3-1 win at Colorado on April 27 to help the Wild advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Wild went 18-3-3 when he registered a point this season and were 15-1-1 when he skated to a plus-rating.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of Madison, Wis., has tallied 270 points (42-228=270), including 114 power play points (14-100=114), 420 PIM and a plus-45 rating in 590 career games during eight seasons with Nashville and Minnesota. This marks the first time that Suter, and a member of the Wild, has been named a finalist for this award.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, with more detail on format to be released at a later date. The James Norris Memorial Trophy was presented in 1953 by the four children of the late James Norris in memory of the former owner-president of the Detroit Red Wings.