Ryan Suter named finalist for NHL's best defenseman

10:18 AM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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SAINT PAUL, Minn. - He leads the Minnesota Wild's defensive corps, plays more minutes than anyone in the NHL, and on Tuesday Ryan Suter was named as one of three finalists for the league's top defenseman.

The National Hockey League (NHL) announced that Suter, Kris Letang of Pittsburgh and P.K. Subban of Montreal are the last three candidates for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position."

Suter recorded 4 goals and 28 assists for 32 points in 48 games this season.  He led the NHL in ice time with 27:16 per game, and ranked first on the Wild in assists and blocked shots, tied for second with seven multi-point games and fourth in scoring.

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.

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.

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