NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville Predators star defenseman Shea Weber won the first post-season award of his NHL career Wednesday claiming the Mark Messier Leadership Award at the league’s annual awards banquet in Las Vegas.
Weber beat out Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and the Islanders John Tavares.
Weber started by honoring the late Gordie Howe calling him “one of the greatest leaders in all of sports.”
He also credited his teammates who he said, “make it easy to lead. They’re a great group of guys I like going to the rink with.”
Weber has been the Predators captain since 2010 and led the team to their third appearance in round two of the NHL Playoffs. He had 20 goals and 31 assists for Nashville this season.
Off the ice, he and Pekka Rinne’s 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund has raised over $700,000 for kids at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
In the past, Weber has been a nominee for the Norris Trophy (best defenseman), but never come home with the hardware.