The end of the season prematurely in the NHL will not prevent the circuit Bettman to distribute its trophies. Because of its difficult campaign, it would be surprising that a player of the Canadian to get an appointment.
However, the montreal chapter of the Association of the chroniclers of professional hockey (PHWA) has made Shea Weber candidate for the Habs in the race for the trophée Bill-Masterton. This award is presented annually to the NHL player who has demonstrated perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
At the time of the shutdown, the defender was heading for a first campaign almost complete in three winters. A sprain to the left ankle at the beginning of the month of February has made him to miss six games.
Two operations close together
Say that at the beginning, the Canadian was suggested that the pillar could miss four to six weeks of activity. In short, his return to the game in the face of the Red Wings, in Detroit, was almost a miracle.
“I’m not 100 %, but as long as it is not officially eliminated, we are still in the race. We believe in it still. I want to be a part of it. I don’t want to sit and watch the parade, had launched the athlete of 34 years, at the time of return to the game. I’ve already played with pain before, I can do it again. “
Six games of absence, this is nothing compared to the 56 matches misfire 2017-2018 and 24 games spent on the sidelines 2018-2019.
Let’s say that the athlete gained in return of P. K. Subban, on 29 June 2016, has not been spared by injuries since his arrival in Montreal.
In the space of a few months, between march and July 2018, Weber went under the knife on two occasions. First to repair an injury to the tendons of his left foot, and then to repair a tear in a meniscus of the right knee.
Soon 1000 games
Had it not been for these severe injuries, Weber would have already reached the plateau of 1000 games in the NHL. He will have the opportunity in this next year, at its 16th campaign in the circuit.
The captain of Canada has collected eight of the 13 votes of first place, winning the vote almost unanimous. His 24 points allowed him to move ahead of Karl Alzner (10 points) as well as Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher (9 points each).
The defender is a native of Sicamous, British Columbia, succeeds Andrew Shaw (2019), Antti Niemi (2018), Paul Byron (2017) as a representative of the Canadian.
Despite starting the season somewhat slow, Weber has dominated the Canadian with a time-of-use average of 24 minutes per game. He has scored 15 goals and posted a differential of +8, two peaks at the back of the Habs.