Predators' Weber credits teammates for All-Star spot

Thursday, 01.21.2016 / 3:00 AM
Robby Stanley  - Correspondent

The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Nashville on Jan. 31 is less than two weeks away. In the lead-up to All-Star Weekend at Bridgestone Arena, sat down with a host of this season's participants to talk about playing in the game. In this edition, Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators discusses playing in his fifth All-Star Game.

1. What does being an All-Star mean to you personally?

Obviously it's a huge honor. But I think mostly it's a reflection of your teammates and how well your team is doing. It's a credit to them. Without them we wouldn't be able to attend it or be in this situation.

2. What is your favorite memory from previous All-Star games?

Probably the first one that I got to go to, in 2009. Just to be involved with those players. Obviously as a kid growing up you dream of it. But once you finally get to one it's almost surreal.

3. If you could invite any celebrity to the All-Star Game as your guest, who would it be and why?

I just wanted to say [Predators defenseman Roman Josi] because he's a celebrity, but he's going already. We'll say David Price, a guy from Nashville. Obviously he came in and pitched for the [Toronto Blue Jays] last year, which I follow a lot so that was pretty neat, taking them to the postseason. It'd be cool to have him.

4. Who from your divisional All-Star team would you put on your trio if you were the coach?

If I was a coach I guess I would keep Josi and myself together, and then you can really go anywhere from there. It's tough. I'm sure the coach doesn't want to split up some of the guys that play together. [Dallas Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin] and [Chicago Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane], I don't know if you want to split those guys up so it's tough. You can just go down the list of forwards and I'm sure either of us would be happy playing with any of those guys.

5. In a perfect world you get to pick what song you skate out to for player introductions at the All-Star Game. What song would you choose?

I have no idea. I honestly couldn't even tell you.

6. If you could have dinner with three other players from this year's All-Star Game, who would you pick and why?

Three guys that I know. It would be good to catch up with them and get a good meal.

7. Cowboy boots or cowboy hats as a fashion accessory?

Probably the boots.

8. Alex Ovechkin passed 500 goals this season. Do you think he can get to 800 before he retires?

If he stays healthy I don't see why not. He's a very dynamic player, obviously gifted at scoring. And I think that you've seen it. He's just consistently scored so I don't think that's out of the question.

9. What are you most looking forward to about the 3-on-3 All-Star format?

It's the first time in an All-Star Game so it'll be interesting. Obviously there's a lot of skill and talent out there so it'll be fun to see how it unfolds.

10. When did you know that you had truly "made it' in the NHL?

I don't know exactly. There's some moments when I was younger. I think I remember getting hit by Steve Yzerman and I was like, "Wow, that's pretty cool." But I still think I was up and down at that point so I don't think I really thought that I had made it in the NHL yet.

11. Who was your hockey role model growing up?

My dad was probably the biggest influence in hockey. He coached me through all of my age groups so I think he had the biggest influence in helping me not only develop as a player but as a person as well.

12. What is your favorite hockey memory?

Hopefully winning a Stanley Cup down the road; I don't know. Up to this point there has been a lot of special memories. It's tough to pinpoint one. But hopefully I've got a lot more to come in my career.

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