BROSSARD — Even if it does not evolve in Montreal for two seasons and that he will miss a good part of the regular schedule following a knee operation right, the defender Shea Weber became Monday, the 30th master of the history of the Canadian.
It also becomes the first captain of canadian origin since Vincent Damphousse (1996 to 1999) and the first defender since Chris Chelios, who had shared this honor with Guy Carbonneau in 1989-1990.
Weber will not be his first weapons to this title, since he has worn the “C” with the Predators in Nashville for the 2010-2011 season is up in 2015-2016.
Unlike the appointment of Max Pacioretty on September 18, 2015, Weber has been the choice of the leaders of the Montreal canadiens in this post, and not the players. And it is up to Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron, who will be the assistants of the veteran defender, this choice was necessary given the pedigree of the new captain.
The fact that Weber already has significant experience as a captain justified the appointment of Weber, said Gallagher.
“He brings with him a lot of experience with training courses that have proven successful, either in Nashville, here, with Hockey Canada. He has worked with many good leaders. He is a role model for young people. The players will follow his lead.”
After the departure of Pacioretty, traded to the Golden Knights of Vegas in a few hours of the tournament golf Canada on September 10, many observers regarded Gallagher as the favourite to succeed him.
Repeatedly interviewed during the camp, Gallagher has always stated that this is not an honour that he was looking for necessarily. Logically, it is said in no way disappointed with the decision of his bosses. In fact, he says he is honored to have been chosen as deputy.
“I think you may be thinking about the personality of an individual who is disappointed in not being given a title. Personally, I am very happy to be assistant to the captain. It is a great honour.”
According to Gallagher, the leadership is a concept that was not easy to define. However, in the case of Weber, he sees some obvious traits.
“What he does better than many other players, it is to show the right attitude for consistently day after day. With Weber, it is the work ethic and the attitude he displays, no matter the situation or the time. And this is not something forced in to him. It just comes naturally. It take nothing for granted and always does the right thing.”
Arrived in Montreal a year before Weber, Byron said that he was also have found many traits of character in the veteran defender that any team is looking for when it comes time to identify a captain.
“It is the first one to arrive on the ice, the last party. All of the dinners that he organizes, such as the Action of grace. He is always ready to come to our defense on the ice. It is a very good player, strong and hard to play against. Each party, it is one of the best players on the ice. He is always ready to play, and he always has a professional attitude. I think that the choice was easy”, listed Byron.
For the latter, it is the culmination of an adventure dream with the Montreal canadians, it should be recalled, claimed the tie in 2015.
“It is a proud moment, that’s for sure. There are several players in this locker room who would have been able to assume this role. It is a great honour.
“Sometimes, it is a little weird. It is necessary that I have to pinch myself to realize if it is true or not. It took a lot of work to get where I am today. I am so happy to be here. I try every day to be proud of my effort and be proud of what I can bring to the team,” said Byron.