The Montreal Canadiens announce Shea Weber as the team's new captain

Oct 1 2018, 2:40 pm

The Montreal Canadiens have their new captain. The club announced this morning that defenceman Shea Weber has been appointed the 30th captain in franchise history.

Despite being injured, the 33-year-old British Columbia native will don the ‘C’ for the Habs, becoming the first blueliner since Chris Chelios in 1989-90 to captain the team.

Weber previously served as captain of the Nashville Predators from 2010 to 2016 before being traded to Montreal for P.K. Subban. Weber had been named the alternate captain of the Canadiens since he arrived two years ago.

Weber was also the alternate captain when he represented Team Canada at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

At the beginning of September, when the Canadiens traded former-captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights, speculation began as to who should captain Montreal’s historic franchise.

After being speculated for the role, Brendan Gallagher will serve as alternate captain as well as the hardworking forward Paul Byron.

Last season, Weber was limited to just 26 games because of a foot injury that eventually required surgery. He scored 6 goals, had 10 assists and was a minus-8 while averaging a team-high 25:21 of ice time.

After undergoing off-season knee surgery, Weber is only expected to be ready to play in mid-December.
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