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Born August 14, 1985 (1985-08-14) (age 24),
Sicamous, BC, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team Nashville Predators
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 49th overall, 2003
Nashville Predators
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).

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Personal life

Weber was born on August 14, 1985 in Sicamous, British Columbia to parents Tracy, a hairdresser, and James Weber, a sawmill worker.[1] Growing up in the Sicamous and District Minor Hockey Association of the BCAHA, Weber often switched between forward and defenceman.[1] 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".[1]Shea has a younger brother named Brandon who also plays hockey.

Playing career

Nashville Predators

On September 10, 2004, Weber signed a three-year, $1.425–million entry level contract with his draft team, the Nashville Predators.[2][3] 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.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.[7][8] 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.[9] 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.[7][10]

In his sophomore season, Weber evolved into one of Nashville's most important players.[11] At the midway point of the season, Weber had already compiled 26 points.[11] 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.[12] Weber went on to finish the season with forty points, finishing eighth on the Predators roster in total points.[7][13] 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.[7][14]

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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] On June 23, 2008, Weber signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract extension with the Predators.[18] Appearing in 81 games during the 2008-09 NHL Season, Weber scored a career high 23 goals to go with 30 assists.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Winter Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver Ice hockey
World Championships
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.[19][20] 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.[21] Despite being held pointless throughout the tournament, Weber finished tied for third among plus/minus leaders with a rating of +10.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25][26] 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.[27] 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. [28] Upon the conclusion of the tournament, Weber was named to the tournament's all-star team as he was second in defenseman scoring.[29]

Awards

Transaction

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Sicamous Eagles KIJHL 47 9 33 42 87
2001–02 Kelowna Rockets WHL 5 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Kelowna Rockets WHL 70 2 16 18 167 19 1 4 5 26
2003–04 Kelowna Rockets WHL 60 12 20 32 126 17 3 14 17 16
2004–05 Kelowna Rockets WHL 55 12 29 41 95 18 9 8 17 25
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 46 12 15 27 49 14 6 5 11 16
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 28 2 8 10 42 4 2 0 2 8
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 79 17 23 40 60 5 0 3 3 2
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 54 6 14 20 49 6 1 3 4 6
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 81 23 30 53 80
NHL totals 242 48 75 123 231 15 3 6 9 16

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Canada WJC 6 0 0 0 10
2007 Canada WC 6 1 1 2 31
2009 Canada WC 9 4 8 12 6
2010 Canada Oly 7 2 4 6 2
Totals 28 7 13 20 49

References

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  2. ^ Drinnan, Gregg (11 September 2004). "Blazers coach Clark unimpressed with play of veterans". Kamloops Daily News. 
  3. ^ Stevens, Neil (4 October 2007). "NHL's rich and famous". The Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071004.wsptnhl4/BNStory/NEIL+STEVENS. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
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  5. ^ "Detroit 3, Nashville 1 – Box Score". ESPN. 6 January 2006. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=260106027. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
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  12. ^ Molinari, Dave (14 January 2007). "Three Penguins make roster for YoungStars game". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07014/753726-61.stm. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
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  14. ^ Walker, Teresa (21 April 2007). "Cool Sharks rally to oust Nashville". The Globe and Mail. 
  15. ^ "Nashville's Weber out 3-6 weeks with dislocated knee cap". ESPN. 7 October 2007. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3052292. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  16. ^ Glennon, John (17 November 2007). "Preds to pair Weber, Zanon tonight". The Tennessean. http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071117/SPORTS02/71117003/1028. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  17. ^ McGee, Mark (15 January 2008). "Preds light up Flames, 3–0". The City Paper. http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/news.php?viewStory=58545. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  18. ^ "Predators sign Weber to three-year, $13.5 million deal". TSN. 2008-06-23. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/story/?id=241451&hubname=nhl-predators. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  19. ^ Hockey Canada (22 December 2004). "Canada's roster trimmed to 22 players for World Juniors". Press release. http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.cfm/ci_id/11071/la_id/1.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  20. ^ "Roster/Canada". Hockey Canada. http://www.hockeycanada.ca/3/4/8/8/index1.shtml. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  21. ^ "Phaneuf, Weber: Rock and hard place". Star–Phoenix. 30 December 2004. 
  22. ^ "Plus–minus leaders". IIHF. http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_05/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/1000000020/IHM1000000020Z12_85G_2_0.html. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
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  25. ^ "Player statistics by team: CAN – Canada". IIHF. http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_07/output/WS/hydra.iihf.com/113/IHM1130CAN_83_10_0.pdf. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  26. ^ "Canada sails to semis after blasting Switzerland". Edmonton Sun. 10 May 2007. http://www.edmontonsun.com/Sports/2007/05/10/4169343.html. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
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  28. ^ "Canadian defenceman Shea Weber fires puck through the mesh in Olympic hockey play - 2010 Olympics - Yahoo! Canada Sports:". Yahoo! Sports Canada. 2010-02-23. http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/ice_hockey/news?slug=capress-oly_hko_canada_webers_goal-234564430&prov=capress&type=lgns. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  29. ^ a b "Miller gets MVP honours". iihf.com. 28 February 2010. http://www.iihf.com/channels10/olympics-2010/news/news-singleview-world-championship-2009/article/miller-gets-mvp-honours.html?tx_ttnews. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Kevin Nastiuk
Winner of the WHL airBC Trophy
2005
Succeeded by
Gilbert Brule

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