Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
Shea Weber
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 08/14/1985
AGE: 29
DRAFTED: NSH: 2003-49 overall

CAREER NOTES: Has participated in three consecutive all-star games (2009, 2011, 2012)… Has scored 106 goals since the start of the 2006-07 season, most among NHL defensemen… Ranked first on the franchise’s all-time goals (108) and game-winning goals (17) by a defenseman list, and is second only to Kimmo Timonen in points by a Nashville d-man (291). Nashville’s all-time leader in power-play goals (49), and is third on the franchise’s goals list and fourth in points… Second in franchise OT goals (5), and tied for second in OT points (9)… Also paces all defensemen on the franchise’s playoff games played (43), goals (10), assists (10) and points (20) lists… Was named the fifth captain in franchise history – and first homegrown captain – on July 8, 2010.

2012-13: Led the team – and tied for 10th among NHL defensemen – in points (9g-19a-28pts)… One of two defensemen (Phoenix’s Keith Yandle) to lead his team in scoring… Tied for fifth in goals among NHL defensemen… Paced the team in assists, and tied for second in power-play goals (3)… Led team in ice time in 37 of 48 games, and logged more than 25 minutes on 33 occasions. Finished fourth in the League in total ice time (1,244:14) and sixth in average time on ice (25:55)… Led the team and ranked fourth among defensemen in shots on goal (124)… One of three Preds to play in all 48 games… One of only two NHL defensemen to rank among the Top 15 at the position in points, hits (T-13th, 112) and ice time… Paced the team, and tied for 26th in the NHL, in blocked shots (90)… Posted 27 points (9g-18a) in his final 35 games of the season, ranking third in blueliner points after Feb. 13… Moved into sole possession of third place on the franchise's all-time goals list in the season finale on April 27 at Columbus… Scored his fifth career overtime goal vs. Detroit on Feb. 19, giving him a career-high three-game goal streak (Feb. 16-19)… Became the sixth player in franchise history to appear in 500 games on Feb. 25 vs. Dallas.

2011-12: Finished second in voting for the Norris Trophy for the second consecutive season, losing by 12-or-fewer votes for the second straight year (Ottawa's Erik Karlsson: 1,069-Weber: 1,057)… Received the 13th-most votes for the Hart Trophy… Tied for first among NHL defensemen in goals (19), the second-highest total in franchise history… Tied a career high and led all blueliners in power-play goals (10)… Ranked sixth among NHL defensemen in points (49)… The only defensemen to score multiple shorthanded goals (2), doubling his career output… Ranked among the NHL's Top 10 defensemen in shots (third, 230), average time on ice (fifth with a career high, 26:09) and power-play points (tied for sixth, 22)… Posted a career high in plus/minus rating (+21), the second-highest total in franchise history and tied for seventh among d-men… The NHL's only defensemen to post at least 40 points, a +20 rating and average more than 25:00 per game… Led the team in hits (170) and ranked second in blocked shots with a career high (140)… Participated in the 2012 NHL All-Star game, becoming the first Predator to appear in three consecutive All-Star games… Registered a shot of 106.0 mph in the Hardest Shot Contest during All-Star Weekend, finishing second to Zdeno Chara for the third consecutive time… Missed four games due to injury… Signed a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet, which the Predators matched on July 24. It is the second largest contract in NHL history. PLAYOFFS: Ranked fourth in the postseason in average ice time (28:26)… Scored goals in back-to-back games of the WCQ vs. Detroit (Games Two and Three).

2010-11: 2011 Norris Trophy runner-up in what was the closest race for first place (Nicklas Lidstrom: 736, Weber: 727) since 1996 (Chicago's Chris Chelios: 408, Boston's Ray Bourque, 403)… A 2010-11 NHL First-Team All-Star, the first Predator named to the First All-Star Team… Tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in goals (16) and 10th in points (48)… Tied for sixth at the position in game-winning goals (6) and ninth in power-play goals (6)… Tied for third on the team in points and ranked third in assists with a career high (32)… Ranked third among League blueliners in shots (254)… Had the sixth-most hits among NHL d-men with a career high (211)… Played in all 82 games for the first time in his career, logging the third-most minutes in the League (2,076:09)… Made his second straight All-Star Game appearance in 2011, forming a pairing with Lidstrom to post a +6 rating and four assists, becoming just the second defenseman in All-Star Game history to amass four helpers (Bourque, 1985)… Played in his 400th NHL game on April 5 vs. Atlanta… Recorded his 200th NHL point with an assist on Feb. 9 at Detroit. PLAYOFFS: Set franchise records for goals (3) and points (5) by a defenseman in a playoff series during the WCQ vs. Anaheim... Ranked fourth in among all NHL skaters in the playoffs in average ice time (27:58)… Scored the first goal of the WCQ in Game One, and forced overtime in Nashville’s eventual Game Five victory with a goal at 19:24 of the third frame… Played a game-high 42:12 in Nashville’s double-OT victory in Game Four of the WCS at Vancouver.

Tied for second among NHL defensemen in goals (16)… Also tied for fourth among League blueliners in power-play goals (7) and tied for fifth at the position in game-winning goals (3)… Finished seventh in voting for both the Norris Trophy and the NHL All-Star Teams… Tied for 17th among d-men in points (43), and third among blueliners in shots (222)… Paced the team in power-play points (7g-13a-20pts)… Led the team in hits (165)… Notched his 100th career assist on March 11 at San Jose… Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics… Named to the Olympic All-Star Team after tying for second among all defensemen in points (2g-4a) and ranking second on the team in average ice time (20:37)... Posted a point in Canada's first six games of the tournament, and was one of just four d-men to register multiple goals in the tournament. PLAYOFFS: Led the team in average ice time (24:26), blocked shots (14), and tied for the team lead in hits (18).

2008-09: Set a franchise record for goals by a defenseman and tied for second among NHL blueliners in goals with a career high (23). It was also tied for the fourth-highest goal output by a d-man since the 1994-95 season… Tied for the second-highest point output by a d-man in club history, and tied for eighth among NHL defensemen with a career high (53)… Ranked eighth among league blueliners in hits (192)… The NHL’s only player to finish in the Top 10 among defensemen in both hits and points… Finished fourth in voting for the Norris Trophy and fifth in NHL All-Star Team voting… Ranked third among League d-men in shots (251)… Led the team in power-play goals (10), and tied for second in game-winning goals (4), both career highs… Ranked second on the club in average ice time (23:58)… Finished second on the club in goals and penalty minutes with a career high (80)… Scored 10 goals in the club’s first 20 games, making him the first NHL defenseman to reach double-figures in goals in a season so quickly since 1987-88 (Buffalo’s Phil Housley, 15 games; Toronto’s Al Iafrate, 19 games)… Played in his first career All-Star Game and led the Western Conference in ice time (22:16) while playing on a defensive pairing with Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer… His second try in the Hardest Shot Competition during All-Star Saturday’s Skills Competition registered 103.4 mph, good for second to Boston's Zdeno Chara… Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Month of October after leading all NHL defensemen in scoring (4g-7a-11pts)… Earned a silver medal with Canada at the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland… Named Best Defenseman of the World Championships by the directorate, Canada’s top player by the tournament’s coaches, and a Media All-Star… Led all defensemen and tied for third in tournament scoring (4g-8a-12pts)… Tied for the tournament lead among blueliners, and tied for fourth overall, in assists… Also ranked second among d-men in goals and finished third overall in power-play tallies (4)… Paced Team Canada in average ice time (24:02).

2007-08: Collected his first overtime goal/point on Feb. 16 vs. St. Louis… Missed 28 of the season’s first 44 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Tied for the team lead in points (1g-3a)… Registered points in three of the club’s first four postseason games… Led the team in hits (18).

2006-07: Led Nashville d-men in goals (17) and ranked second in rearguard scoring (40)… Led the team in hits (165)… Was one of six NHL defensemen with 17 or more goals… Tallied the first three two-goal games of his career in a 12-game span (Feb. 14-March 8)… Tallied his first career three-point game (2g-1a) on March 3 at Los Angeles… Notched two assists and a +3 rating in the 2007 NHL YoungStars Game on Jan. 24 in Dallas… Missed three games due to injury… Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2007 World Championships in Russia and led his team in penalty minutes (31). PLAYOFFS: Tied for the team lead in assists (3) and shots (14)… Recorded two assists in Game One of the WCQ vs. Detroit.

2005-06: Ranked 11th among NHL rookies with a +8 rating… Scored his first NHL goal and registered his first career multi-point game (1g-1a) at St. Louis on April 6… Opened the season with Milwaukee (AHL) and was recalled three times (Jan. 6-7, Jan. 13-20 and Feb. 6-May 1)… In 46 games with Milwaukee, he led club defensemen in goals (12) and power-play goals (9)… Led Milwaukee d-men in goals and points (6g-5a-11pts), and ranked second overall on the club in power-play goals (5) in the playoffs… PLAYOFFS: Scored his first career playoff goal in his first playoff game (April 21), becoming the first rookie in franchise history to tally in the postseason… Tied for second among NHL rookie blueliners, and tied for the team lead, with two goals in the postseason.

Named runner-up for the WHL’s 2004-05 Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy (defenseman of the year) and was named to the 2004-05 WHL West First All-Star Team… Named WHL Playoff MVP in 2005 after helping Kelowna capture its second championship in three years and clinch its third entry into the Memorial Cup in as many years… Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2005 World Junior Championships and tied for third in the tournament with a +10 rating… Helped Kelowna capture the CHL Memorial Cup in 2004 and was named to the tournament All-Star team… Led Kelowna and WHL defensemen in points (3g-14a-17pts) and assists in the 2004 WHL playoffs… Named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team in 2003-04 after leading the Rockets and tying for 11th in the WHL with a +23 rating… Also ranked second on Kelowna in power-play goals (8) and penalty minutes (126) in 2003-04… A member of the 2003 WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets.

BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Webs”… Favorites include Slapshot (movie), Dexter (TV show), Dierks Bentley (musician), Sperry’s (Nashville restaurant) and the Toronto Blue Jays (favorite sports team growing up)… Rob Blake was his favorite player growing up… Lists winning Olympic Gold in 2010 as his top hockey accomplishment… Helps put on the Sicamous Shootout each July, a golf tournament to benefit the B.C. Cancer Society… Would like to someday own and operate a restaurant … Enjoys Nashville for its small-town feel, friendly people and great hockey fans… Has two Great Dane/Bull Mastiff mixes: Dug and Rod… Wife: Bailey.

June 22, 2003 – Nashville’s fourth choice, 49th overall (second round), in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.