Team USA announced the players who will wear that extra letter on their shoulder in Sochi today.The team Captain and Alternates are the three players who will lead a team of leaders. Zach Parise was named as the captain while Dustin Brown and Ryan Suter were named as the alternates.
Parise is currently the alternate captain of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. In 41 games, Parise has posted 18 goals for 34 points while averaging between 20 and 21 minutes of ice time per game and is a listed left winger. Parise Signed with the Wild as an unrestricted free agent in 2012 one year after being named the captain of the New Jersey Devils. Parise left the Devils after the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk required the team to clear space under the salary cap. This will be Parise’s second trip to the Olympics as a member of Team USA, having competed on the 2010 squad in Vancouver. Zach is the son of famed J.P. Parise, former coach and player for the Minnesota North Stars.
Ryan Suter signed a contract with the Wild as a free agent, after leaving the Nashville Predators, identical to that of Parise and they were announced to the media together. Suter and Parise share alternate captain duties for the Wild. As a defenseman, Suter has tallied six goals for 33 points, to date, while averaging just under 30 minutes of ice time per game. Like Parise, Suter was also part of the 2010 silver medal Team USA squad competing in Vancouver. This is Suter’s second Olympic games and second time as an alternate Captain. Ryan is the son of Bob Suter, member of the 1980 Team USA squad who won the gold medal against the Soviet Union, the game you’ve seen in the movie “Miracle”. Ryan’s uncle, Gary Suter played 18 seasons in the NHL also.
Dustin Brown is a right winger and the captain of the Los Angeles Kings. In his 55 games this season he has logged 10 goals for 16 points while averaging between 16 and 17 minutes of ice time per game. Brown is a physical player who is known for drawing penalties and hitting hard. Brown led the Kings on their road to Lord Stanley’s Cup and hoisted the trophy in 2012 as they defeated the New Jersey Devils in the finals. Suter and Brown Shared the alternate captain duties for the 2010 Team USA in Vancouver.