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Gary Suter

Born:June 24, 1964Draft:1984 Flames, 180th Overall
Hometown:Madison, WI, USAPosition:Defense
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:USA

Gary Lee Suter (born June 24, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played over 1,000 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1985 and 2002. He was a ninth round selection of the Calgary Flames, 180th overall, at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and played with Calgary for nine years. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1986, played in four All-Star Games and was a member of Calgary’s Stanley Cup championship team in 1989. He was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1994, then to the San Jose Sharks in 1998, with whom he finished his career.

Suter represented the United States internationally on numerous occasions. He appeared in two World Championships and two Canada Cup tournaments. He was a member of the American team that won the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and was a two-time Olympian, winning a silver medal in 2002. Suter is an honored member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, inducted in 2011.

Gary Suter Calgary Flames
Gary Suter, Calgary Flames (Photo by Scott Levy/Getty Images)

Gary Suter Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
Mar. 10, 1994 Ted Drury
Paul Ranheim
Hartford Whalers LogoMichael Nylander
James Patrick
Zarley Zalapski
Mar. 11, 1994Hartford Whalers LogoRandy CunneyworthChicago Blackhawks LogoFrantisek Kucera
Jocelyn Lemieux

Deeper Dive


  • 1982-83 USHL All-Star Game
  • 1982-83 USHL Clark Cup Champion
  • 1982-83 USHL Defenseman of the Year
  • 1982-83 USHL First All-Star Team
  • 1985-86 NHL All-Rookie Team
  • 1985-86 NHL All-Star Game
  • 1985-86 NHL Rookie of the Year (Calder Trophy)
  • 1987-88 NHL All-Star Game
  • 1987-88 NHL Most Assists by Defenseman (70)
  • 1987-88 NHL Most Points by Defenseman (91)
  • 1987-88 NHL Second All-Star Team
  • 1988-89 NHL All-Star Game
  • 1988-89 NHL Stanley Cup Champion
  • 1990-91 NHL All-Star Game
  • 1991-92 Canada Cup Runner-Up
  • 1995-96 NHL Most Goals by Defenseman (20)
  • 1996-97 World Cup Gold Medal
  • 2011-12 United States Hockey Hall of Fame
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