Shea Weber spotted Ryan Suter at Vancouver International Airport on this day last year. One day earlier, the two Predators players took part in one of the most viewed games in hockey history. An estimated 54.1 million Americans and Canadians watched Weber's Team Canada defeat Suter's Team USA in the hockey gold medal game at the Winter Olympics. And despite all the nerves and palpitations that Weber had experienced the previous two weeks, nothing could prepare him for seeing Suter, his teammate and defense partner, waiting for a plane back to Nashville. As they walked toward each other, Suter immediately broke the tension. "Just act the same, I don't care. You won a gold. I'm happy for you. Just act normal. Don't hide it," Suter told him. "If people talk about it, talk about it with them. You should be proud of it." With those words, Weber felt at ease. "He was awesome," Weber said recently. "I didn't know what to say, but he made it easy and acted like he would any other time, and things were back to normal." One year later, the Olympics still resonate with Weber and Suter. Nashville had six Olympians, but the tournament served as a springboard for the two young defensemen into the upper echelon of NHL players. When Suter and Weber arrived in Vancouver, they were known as good, young defensemen. Weber was an All-Star in 2009 and had a booming shot. Suter was a smooth all-around player. Both established themselves quickly as Olympians. Suter was asked to wear the "A" on his jersey as the team's alternate captain and became part of Team USA's top defensive pair with Brian Rafalski.
Weber, Suter translate Olympic success into NHL glory
Tennessean | Mar 1