SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is one of six players named to the 2012-13 NHL First All-Star Team. Suter becomes the first player in Wild history to be named to an NHL First All-Star Team, and is just the second player in franchise history to be named to a post-season All-NHL Team, joining Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, who was named to the 2012-13 NHL All-Rookie Team June 29.
The honor marks Suter’s first career appearance on a post-season All-NHL team. Joining Suter on the 2012-13 NHL First All-Star Team are: Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby, Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz.
Suter, 28, led all NHL players and set a Wild franchise record with an average TOI/game of 27:16 in 2012-13, topping 30:00 on ice during 10 games, including a career-best 32:54 at Colorado (4/27). The Madison, Wisc., native posted 32 points (4-28=32) in 48 contests to rank second in assists and third in scoring amongst all NHL defensemen. Suter led the Wild in assists and blocked shots (74), and ranked T-2nd with seven multi-point games. Minnesota posted a 15-1-1 record when he recorded a rating of plus-one or better. Suter also skated a franchise playoff record 41:08 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Chicago.
Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) at the end of the regular season. The PHWA also votes to determine the winner of the NHL’s Norris Trophy, given annually to the defenseman demonstrating “the greatest all-around ability in the position.” Suter finished second in voting for the 2013 Norris Trophy, behind Montreal’s Subban.