27 January 2010
Name: Shea Weber
Birth Date: August 14, 1985
Birthplace: Sicamous, BC, Canada
This 24 year old defensemen brings size to the Team Canada blue line at a height of 6'4" and weighing in at 234 lbs. He was overlooked in the bantam junior draft due to his size (only 5'9" at the time) and then he then went through a growth spurt. He played both forward and defense but eventually switched to defense at the encouragement of his dad. He started his junior career playing for the Kelowna Rockets and by the end of his time in the WHL, he was considered one of the best defencemen in the league. The Rockets won the Memorial Cup in 2004. He was drafted 49th overall in the 2nd round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft to the Nashville Predators and has been with them since.
Weber had a stellar season in 2008-09, scoring 23 goals and racking up 30 assists. This led him to being selected to the West All-Star Team. This past year his production has been down slightly, but Weber had also been playing with an undisclosed injury for about six weeks.
This will be his first Olympic appearence but he has had other international experience that he brings to the table. In 2005 he won a gold medal in the World Juniors, participated in the World Championships in 2007 and 2009 World, and was named the tournaments best defenceman.
Weber brings a combination of defensive play, offensive play and some serious physical play. His hard slapshot is one to be feared, in fact he's broken bones in Martin Erat and Jordin Tootoo.
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