Canadiens captain Shea Weber is about to reach the 1,000-game regular-season mark in the National Hockey League (NHL). If all goes well, he will be in his 1,000th game on Tuesday in Montreal against the Vancouver Canucks.
To underline the feat, the organization of the Habs will give him a silver stick. This award will not be refused, since Weber has won a few honors since the start of his career, but he has instead seen trophies, especially the Norris, slip through his fingers too often.
Mark Messier Trophy
Following his final season in the Nashville Predators uniform in 2015-16, Weber got his hands on the Mark Messier Trophy. This individual honor underlines the superior leadership qualities of a hockey player, whether through sport or through his contribution to society. Strangely, Weber got this trophy exactly one week before the deal that passed it to the Canadiens in return for PK Subban.
The most powerful shot
Known for the strength of his shot, defenseman Shea Weber has won this skill competition four times alongside the NHL All-Star Game, in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2020. In the most recent classic, Weber managed to hit 106.5 miles an hour to beat Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson.
No Norris Trophy
Twice earlier than one, Weber finished second in the ballot for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the best defenseman in the NHL. At the end of the 2010-2011 season, he was just edged out by Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings. The vote was extremely tight (736 points against 727). The following year, it was young Erik Karlsson, then with the Ottawa Senators, who played a similar trick to Weber. Once again, the BC native narrowly escaped him.
No Stanley Cup
The most coveted trophy by any hockey player remains the Stanley Cup. However, it is surprising to note that Weber never made it to the second round of playoffs, whether in Nashville or Montreal. The Predators did play in the grand final against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017, but the defenseman had already been traded to the Canadiens the previous year.
On the international scene, Shea Weber has been more successful, having won two gold medals with Canada at the Olympic Games, in Vancouver, in 2010, and in Sochi, in 2014. There are also gold medals. gold at the World Junior Championship (2005), the IIHF World Championship (2007) as well as the World Cup of Hockey (2016).