Sicamous’ Shea Weber was humbled this week to be named the winner of this year’s Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Messier himself presented the award to the Nashville Predators captain last night (June 22) during the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
“The award really represents a player’s success and determination on the ice, but also how they conduct themselves off the ice as well,” Messier said at the event. “We have so many players doing tremendous things in our communities, inspiring young people and being role models, and it’s a huge responsibility for our players to do that. Shea has really proven over the years that not only has he been a consistent defender and role model on the ice, but his initiatives in the community have been very strong and he’s a well-deserved nominee.”
Weber beat out the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin and the New York Islanders’ John Tavares, selected by his NHL peers and Messier to receive the award.
“I’m obviously very humble to accept an award from such an all time great like Mark, such a great leader,” said Weber during his acceptance speech. “I’d like to start by first honouring the late Gordie Howe, truly one of the greatest leaders in all of sport. Obviously my teammates, without them, they make it easy to lead, they’re a great group of guys I love going to the rink with, the Predators organization and obviously my family, they mean everything and they’re the world to me.”
Weber is co-founder of the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, which raises funds for the Monroe Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He also co-founded the Sicamous Shootout golf tournament with fellow Sicamous native Cody Franson to support the BC Cancer Society.
Weber is one of the NHL celebrities taking part in this year’s Canada Day events in Sicamous.