NHL: The best captain in each team’s history (Updated 2023)

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Nashville Predators, Shea Weber
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Best NHL captain from each franchise: Nashville Predators – Shea Weber

Tough as nails defenseman. Gold-winning Olympian. Team captain. These are just a few of the terms used when describing Shea Weber and the impressive tenure he enjoyed with the Nashville Predators as their team captain from 2010 until 2016.

Yes, the Predators never got to raise the Stanley Cup when Weber was leading the way but he was truly a sight to watch. Weber was as consistent as they come, especially with how he even earned the captain role in the first place. It’s a great story as he accomplished so much by doing things the old-fashioned way. You know, working his way up the ladder to the point where he already embodied the role without having that famous C on his jersey until it became official.

During his prime years, he won numerous player awards, led all NHL defensemen in goals, and scored points with ease and incredible skill. Goalies used to say that whenever he shot at the net, they would have black and blues the next morning because of how much force was behind every one of his shots. Weber even won the Mark Messier Leadership Award back in his final season with the Predators before he was eventually traded.

It’s a shame that the Predators couldn’t have kept Weber around longer but he was so great at what he did as a captain and defenseman that he also became captain immediately upon arrival on his new team. That’s right, he eventually moved on to be the captain of the Montreal Canadiens after his trade in 2016 and has held the role ever since.