Weber with the Predators in 2006
|Born||August 14, 1985
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||233 lb (106 kg; 16 st 9 lb)|
|NHL team||Nashville Predators|
|NHL Draft||49th overall, 2003
Career[change | change source]
Before playing in the NHL, Weber played 3 seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL). During his time there, he was able to win the Memorial Cup with the Rockets and won the WHL airBC Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Playoffs.
He was drafted with the 49th overall pick by the Nashville Predators in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. On July 8, 2010, he was named the fifth captain in Nashville Predators history, replacing Jason Arnott, who was traded to the New Jersey Devils. He became the youngest captain in Predators history and was the only captain of the Predators to have been drafted by the team.
During the 2012 offseason, the Predators were unable to take Weber to arbitration again (a player can only be subjected to team-elected arbitration once in his career). Weber signed a front-loaded $110 million, 14-year offer sheet, $68 million of it as a signing bonus, with the Philadelphia Flyers on July 19. It was the richest contract in NHL history in terms of total money, money per season, and length, which surpassed the previous offer sheet record set by Thomas Vanek. The Predators, who had already lost Weber's defensive partner Ryan Suter to unrestricted free agency, were able to match the offer sheet five days later.
References[change | change source]
- "Weber named new Nashville captain". NHL. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=534072. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
- "Weber becomes youngest player to captain Predators". The City Paper. http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/sports/weber-becomes-youngest-player-captain-predators. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
- "Blueliner Weber Signs 14-Year, $110M Offer Sheet With Flyers". The Sports Network. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=400969. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
- "Predators Match Flyers' 14-Year, $110M Offer Sheet For Weber". The Sports Network. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=401354. Retrieved 2014-03-22.