|Born||August 14, 1985
Sicamous, BC, CAN
|6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
|NHL team||Nashville Predators|
|NHL Draft||49th overall, 2003
|Playing career||2005 – present|
Shea Weber (born August 14, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted in the second round, 49th overall by the Predators in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Weber has spent his entire NHL career with the Predators. He has also suited up for the Sicamous Eagles of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Weber was born on August 14, 1985 in Sicamous, British Columbia to parents Tracy, a hairdresser, and James Weber, a sawmill worker. Growing up in the Sicamous and District Minor Hockey Association of the BCAHA, Weber often switched between forward and defenceman. He credits his father for convincing him to make the switch to defence because he thought Weber would "have a better shot at a pro career as a defenceman".Shea has a younger brother named Brandon who also plays hockey.
On September 10, 2004, Weber signed a three-year, $1.425–million entry level contract with his draft team, the Nashville Predators. A year and a half later, Weber made his NHL debut on January 6, 2006 versus the Detroit Red Wings, recording three shots on goal in 11:08 of icetime. Three months later, on April 6, 2006, Weber scored his first NHL goal against Reinhard Divis of the St. Louis Blues in a 3–0 Nashville victory. Weber would go on to play in 28 games in his rookie season, finishing with two goals and ten assists. He then added an addition two goals in four playoff games with the Predators before the team was eliminated in the first round by the San Jose Sharks. With Nashville's AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, still in playoff action, Weber was reassigned to the Admirals roster for the remainder of the AHL playoffs. There he compiled six goals and five assists in fourteen games as the Admirals nearly clinched the Calder Cup, losing to the Hershey Bears in six games in the Calder Cup Finals.
In his sophomore season, Weber evolved into one of Nashville's most important players. At the midway point of the season, Weber had already compiled 26 points. His play was rewarded on January 14, 2007 when he was named to the Western Conference roster for the 2007 NHL YoungStars Game in Dallas, Texas. Weber went on to finish the season with forty points, finishing eighth on the Predators roster in total points. Weber added an additional three assists in five playoff games before the Predators were eliminated by the San Jose Sharks for the second consecutive season.
Weber's third season with the Predators began with a rash of injuries. After playing only 2:19 of the first period in Nashville's season opening game versus the Colorado Avalanche, Weber fell awkwardly and dislocated his kneecap. As a result, Weber missed the next six weeks of games before returning to the Nashville lineup versus the St. Louis Blues on November 17, 2007. Shortly thereafter, Weber suffered another injury, this time injuring his leg and missing eleven games before he returned to the Predators lineup for a January 15, 2008 game versus the Calgary Flames. On June 23, 2008, Weber signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract extension with the Predators. Appearing in 81 games during the 2008-09 NHL Season, Weber scored a career high 23 goals to go with 30 assists.
|Competitor for Canada|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Olympic Winter Games|
|Gold||2010 Vancouver||Ice hockey|
|Gold||2007 Moscow||Ice hockey|
|Silver||2009 Bern||Ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
|Gold||2005 Grand Forks||Ice hockey|
Weber has twice represented Canada at the international level of ice hockey. His first experience with Canada came for the national junior team, when on December 22, 2004, he was named to the roster for the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota. There he paired with Dion Phaneuf to form Canada's top defensive pair, helping Canada win its first junior gold medal since the 1997 tournament. Despite being held pointless throughout the tournament, Weber finished tied for third among plus/minus leaders with a rating of +10.
Weber made his debut with the national senior team, when on April 22, 2007, he accepted an invitation to join the team for the 2007 IIHF World Championship. However, Weber's experience in this tournament was marred by an ugly incident for which he was suspended three games. Merely 1:19 into Canada's preliminary round game versus Germany, Weber hit Yannic Seidenberg in the chin with his elbow, concussing Seidenberg and sidelining him for the remainder of the tournament. After serving his suspension, Weber continued the tournament, finishing with two points in his six games played, including a goal in Canada's 5–1 quarterfinal victory over Switzerland. Canada would go on to win the gold medal in the tournament, defeating Finland 4–2.
On December 30, 2009, Weber was selected to represent Canada's men hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. On February 23rd 2010, he scored Canada's second goal in a 8-2 win over Germany. His shot was so hard that it passed through the net and left burnt marks behind the German goalie.  Upon the conclusion of the tournament, Weber was named to the tournament's all-star team as he was second in defenseman scoring.
|Winner of the WHL airBC Trophy