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Shea Weber headed to the NHL All-Star Game

The veteran defenseman was named to the Atlantic Division's roster for the midseason showcase on Monday

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Captain Shea Weber was named to his seventh NHL All-Star Game on Monday afternoon.

The 34-year-old defenseman will be suiting up for the Atlantic Division squad captained by Boston Bruins sniper David Pastrnak.

This will mark Weber's seventh appearance in the midseason showcase, and his second as a member of the Canadiens.

He previously represented the Nashville Predators at the annual event in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016, before representing Montreal in 2017.

Weber is enjoying an excellent season with 12 goals and 31 points in 39 games.

The Sicamous, BC native, who boasts a plus-9 differential, ranks third among NHL blueliners in goals and sits tied for fifth in points.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le natif de C.-B. Shea Weber marque �� Vancouver...BC-born Shea Weber scores in Vancouver...Chez Weber. (�������������� ��)#GoHabsGo

He also leads the Canadiens in average ice time per game (24:16) and blocked shots (73) thus far this year.

Teeing it up?

If Weber participates in the annual Hardest Shot competition during All-Star Weekend, he'll certainly be a favorite to claim the title again.

Weber is a three-time winner of the event, having secured the crown in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

His biggest blast came in 2015 when he registered a 108.5 mph slapshot (174.6 km/h) on the radar gun.

His third-period goal against the Florida Panthers on Sunday night was another good indicator that he can still bring some serious heat.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Un boulet du capitaine.A bullet by Shea Weber.#GoHabsGo

When and where?

St. Louis is playing host to the NHL All-Star Game for the third time.

The city previously held the event in 1970 and 1988.

The All-Star festivities will open with the Skills Competition at the Enterprise Center on Friday, January 24, followed by the game on Saturday, January 25.

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