As soon as the final whistle blew in the New York Rangers first round playoff series win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Twitter lit up with Flyers fans bemoaning the fact that if they had Shea Weber, they would have won the series, and probably the Cup. They pulled their hair and cried to the heavens asking, “WHY GOD?? WHY DID YOU LET NASHVILLE MATCH THAT OFFER SHEET??”
Who would have thought the Nashville Predators had enough dough to cover the $110 million offer sheet Shea signed with the Flyers? For Nashville, it was a must-do. He is THE Captain. He is the face of the team. And, bless his heart, he gets to stay in Nashville and work harder than any defenseman should ever have to work.
We have been remiss in not posting an entry in tribute to Shea and his awesomeness thus-far. As he has yet again been named a Norris Trophy finalist, we thought it was about damn time we stand tall and proclaim our Shea-love to the world.
I remember the first time I heard the CRACK from the blast of Shea Weber’s slapshot. Whether it bangs against the glass, goes in the net, or through it, when Shea pulls back to unleash the fury, the crowd leans forward on the edge of their seats and braces for shock and awe.
The raw power behind Shea’s shot is terrifying and exciting all at the same time. His goal celebration his nothing short of beastmode, and on the flipside…we have dimples. Sweet heaven, the dimples.
Everyone knows that Shea is the foundation of the Predators team. Not only is he the Captain, but the dude averaged almost 27 minutes (!!) of ice time per game in 2013-14. He also registered 23 goals this season; the most of any defenseman. On top of that, he holds the franchise record for Preds defensemen with his 56 points. With Pekka Rinne out for half of the season, Shea was left to bear the burden of defending the goal, which was a big job. Huge. Unfortunately, the Predators record this season wasn’t pretty, but at least he’s getting some recognition as a Norris Finalist.
He’s so good, he can even score a goal from the third deck! That’s the all-you-can-eat/drink section. Wonder if he had a beer to celebrate?
He played for the Canadian Olympic team in Sochi this year, and brought home yet another gold medal. We got the chance to get up close and personal with his jersey and medal. We’re just sad he wasn’t in it at the time!
Besides being a badass defenseman, Shea has a caring heart. Together with Pekka Rinne, he started the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, which allows children with cancer and their families to attend games in a suite. *dabs tear* SUCH a sweet guy!
But he obviously has a lighter side, too. Killing it disco style with Joel Ward and Kevin Klein.
And loves animals (his dog, Dug, for sure).
And Flyers fans. 🙂
And the guy can celebrate a goal like nobody’s business.
But there’s a reason people “Fear the Beard”, because nobody wants to look up and see that thing coming at them down the ice. Good lord, I’d turn and run for the hills.
Or…um…maybe that whole charging thing would be kind of nice….
Below, David Poile looks on with pride at the grouping of hotties he has assembled in Nashville. You can take a break for panting and drooling here. God bless their mothers. And whoever made those suits.
We love ya, Shea. If you weren’t here, we’d probably just pack it in and try to learn to love a different sport. And hey; if you decide to give up hockey, you might have a future in dancing.