The Predators honored Shea Weber Tuesday night in his first return to Nashville since the off-season trade that sent him to Montreal, and a moving video tribute had Weber trying to keep his emotions in check.
Shea Weber was asked ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Predators if he would get emotional when the hosts played a video paying tribute to his 11 seasons in Nashville. He answered only that he’d have to see, and we’d have to find out.
And while there were no waterworks coming from Weber, who captained the Predators for six seasons, it appeared as though he was fighting pretty hard to keep the tears back while fans young and old throughout the building gave him a rousing standing ovation during the video.The video tribute, which lasted nearly two minutes, included footage from Weber’s draft year, monumental moments like him accepting the captaincy and footage of his work in the community. Take a look:
Thank you, Shea Weber!
— FOX Sports Tennessee (@PredsOnFSTN) January 4, 2017
If you noticed at all that Weber was, for the most part, averting his gaze from the video only to take a few brief glimpses up to check it out, you’re not just seeing things. Weber said as much post-game.
“I didn’t want to look at the video, to be honest,” Weber said. “I was a little bit afraid I might get emotional. It meant a lot, it was really and it was special to be back in this building where I spent a lot of years.”
Of course, in true return-to-former-home fashion, Weber’s video tribute wasn’t the most notable part of his evening.
With the Predators leading 1-0 through the start of the third frame, it was Weber who notched the game-tying goal for the Canadiens on a great feed from another former Predator, Alexander Radulov. Weber’s goal beat former teammate Pekka Rinne up over the blocker and would stand as the tally that sent Tuesday’s game to overtime before Max Pacioretty netted the game-winning goal in overtime.
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