"It’s weird, because I’ve known him in ways a lot longer than some of the other guys I played with for two weeks, and during the season we play for the ultimate goal to win the Stanley Cup,” Weber said. “I dream of winning Stanley Cups with him and winning championships with him.
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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."