Like he does for every Nashville Predators home game, defenseman Shea Weber wore gold Sunday. This time, however, was significant for different reasons.
When Weber donned gold on Sunday, it didn’t come from the color of his jersey, but instead the hue of the medal he won in the Winter Olympics.
Led by Weber’s excellent play on the blue line throughout the Winter Games, Canada claimed gold over Sweden via their second-straight shutout. Weber, the Predators captain, assisted on Canada’s game-winning tally when Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews scored at the 12:55 mark of the first period.
The 3-0 Canadian victory capped off a perfect tournament for the team and an excellent Olympics for Weber.
Playing with Los Angeles Kings blueliner Drew Doughty for much of the tournament, Weber demonstrated his ability to score crucial goals and deliver powerful checks while facing the world’s elite.
The conclusion of the Winter Olympics means Weber will start to wear gold a lot more regularly than he has the last two weeks–and while that might not mean as much to some–to the Predators, it’s paramount.
The best player on the ice for Nashville most nights, Weber’s play down the stretch of the NHL season is very important for a Predators team that is trying to reach the playoffs.
Leading the NHL in goals scored by a defenseman, the Predators look to their captain for help more often than not.
And the second Olympic gold medal he won this morning is just more evidence that’s the way it should be.