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Shea Weber
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Shea Weber  #6

Nashville Predators  Defenseman
NUMBER: 6 BIRTHDATE: August 14, 1985  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Sicamous, BC, Canada
WEIGHT: 233 DRAFTED: NSH / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 2nd   (49th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> The 6-foot-3, 213-pound defenseman from Sicamous, British Columbia, is in only his third NHL season. With 10 goals in the first 20 games, he already threatens to become the first defenseman to score 30 goals in a season since Kevin Hatcher had 34 for the Washington Capitals in 1992-93. <br /> <br /> Participated in the 2007 Youngstars game, registering two assists. He commented after the game: &quot;It was a little different not playing the body. But it was fun. Guys were throwing the puck around and making some nice moves. It was a little different than normal because usually I don't spend that much time down low.&quot; <br /> <br /> He helped the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL reach three straight Memorial Cup tournaments, winning in 2004. He also won a gold medal for Canada at the 2005 World Junior Championship and in 2007 he was part of Canada's World Championship team that went 9-0 and won the gold medal in Russia. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On developing his shot: &quot;Me and my brother would tie cans up for targets. We'd take (the net) out in the yard with a piece of plywood and just shoot and mess around. In the winters, we'd flood the yard to make a little rink and work on it that way. I'd like to say that I'm gifted but nobody in my family has really played a whole lot of hockey. I just worked on it and it's kind of come over the years as I've gotten bigger and stronger.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his improvement: &quot;The longer I've been here and the more I've played, the more confident I get. And I think that's what helps with consistency and my overall game.&quot; <br /> <br /> On advice from his parents: &quot;The best advice I ever got was from my parents. I don't know how many times they both told me, 'It doesn't matter where you come from ... if you work hard everything will be OK.' Coming from a small town, I guess there were questions.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Nashville Head Coach Barry Trotz: &quot;Once we saw Shea in his first training camp, we knew he had a lot of the special qualities to be an elite player. It was just a matter of taking that game from junior to the American League and then to the NHL. There have been no surprises there. His preparation and his discipline in making himself a better player is all there. He's very mature in those areas ... the question I'm asked is whether he's a Norris trophy type of guy, and he is. He's going to be one of those guys that's going to be mentioned for the next 10 years.&quot; <br /> <br /> Nashville teammate J.P. Dumont: &quot;His first year with the team, we knew right away he was going to be a presence. Everybody knew in our locker room. The only person who didn't know was probably him. He will go to war every night for his teammates.&quot; <br /> <br /> Nashville Predators goaltender Dan Ellis: &quot;I hate practicing against him. Every single shot hurts.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=lebrun_pierre&amp;id=3834983">Preds' Weber set to crash Norris party</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=398661&amp;cmpid=rss" target="_blank">Nothing Came Easy for Predators' Weber</a><br /> <a href="http://tennessean.com/article/20081127/SPORTS02/811270333/1002/SPORTS" target="_blank">Predator's Weber rates among NHL's best</a> <br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://predators.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=27394">Preds TV: At Youth Hockey Practice</a><br />
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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals