Weber named captain of Canadiens

Weber named captain of Canadiens

"So I learned a lot through the years and I'm not going to change who I am or what I value", Weber said. "It's going to be different from my experience in Nashville". I think in order to start that we need to get off on the right foot and I think by naming him captain it's a new start for our team and I think he's ready to embrace that role. "It's going to be the same here, but I am surrounded by a great group of teammates that I can rely on". He's no stranger to being a captain as he served in that capacity with the Predators for six years prior to being dealt. He was traded to the Canadiens by the Predators for defenseman P.K. Subban on June 29, 2016.

Less than a month after trading Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights, the Canadiens have found their next captain. He is the first defenceman since Chris Chelios (co-captain in 1989-90) to be the captain and is the first Canadian-born captain of the franchise in this millennium.

"It really is an honour", Weber said.

"Shea is the ideal guy for the role", he said. Training camp is over, season starts on Wednesday.

Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher will serve as alternate captains for the Canadiens in 2018-19. "Am I disappointed that I wasn't chosen?" He was one of the leaders with Team Canada.

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When asked about his leadership qualities during an interview last season, Weber said: "To tell you the truth, it's not anything particular". The 33-year-old is expected to be out until around Christmas because of off-season knee surgery. Bergevin said "attitude" was the biggest problem with the Canadiens last season when they finished 28th in the overall National Hockey League standings, leading to the off-season trades of Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk. I just kind of got caught off guard. "I can't wait. I came here to camp to take that spot and now I get it".

He also had surgery March 13 to fix tendons in his left foot. Weber broke his left foot during the first game of the regular season and tried to play through it before needing surgery to fix tendon damage.

The Sicamous, B.C., native is already looked as a parental figure in the Canadiens locker room - he confirmed that some players do call him "Dad" - and has no problem taking younger players under his wing.

Since the 2005-06 season, Weber's 189 goals are first among defensemen, and his 501 points are fourth, behind Brent Burns (560) of the San Jose Sharks, Duncan Keith (543) of the Chicago Blackhawks and Erik Karlsson (518) of the Sharks.

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