Weber retires from NHL without a title
Yannick Weber has opted to quit playing and then said that he will hang his hockey gear after 13 seasons in the NHL. The defenceman has proved his worth as one of the best icons in the league who has never won a title in his career.
At the age of 32, Weber has scored 94 points on 28 goals and 66 assists. That kind of stat line is a rare one for most defencemen as he played a total of 499 games in his whole career. He has played for teams such as the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Weber scored six points on four goals and two assists in 42 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He came close to winning the title when he led the Predators in the Stanley Cup Final in 2017. He played in 22 games but lost to the Penguins in six games.
With the Penguins this 2021, Weber played only two games before he was moved to the taxi squad. Weber went on to bid his last goodbye to the Stanley Cup - which he chased for 13 years of ice hockey.
‘Dear Lord Stanley Cup’, Weber wrote. ‘Fifteen years ago, I left Switzerland with a dream: to be drafted by an NHL team. With only a handful of Swiss players ever playing in the best league in the world, for me it seemed more of a hope than a possibility to be next in line’.
Weber will now return home as he inked a deal with ZSC of the National League on June 8. He played for Switzerland in the IIHF World Junior Championship three times and the senior edition four times.
Those big games soon led him to chase the Stanley Cup, but he fell short to win it for once in his career. It was still a good run for him.
‘Even though I can't call myself a champion, you left me with a lifetime of memories and great friendships’, Weber said. ‘Now it's time to head back home and enjoy time with my family’.
Weber closes out a great run full of ups and downs. He is a model to follow for many players in the years to come.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores