Cade Webber was selected in the fourth round, 99th overall by the Hurricanes in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Webber currently plays for the Penticton Vees in the BCHL and is committed to Boston University for the 2020-2021 season. Webber is a 6’6″ defenseman that plays a stay at home game with a lot of pace. Thank you to Cade and the Vees organization for the interview!
M: How did it feel to hear your name called by the Hurricanes in Vancouver? Did it come as a surprise?
Webber: It was a special feeling, something you dream of your whole life. It was a little nervewracking, but I had a good feeling when the Hurricanes were on the clock. I hugged my family after blacking out for a second and then went down to the table to meet everyone in the organization and put on the jersey. It was a special moment that I’ll never forget.
You had committed to the Vees prior to being drafted by the Hurricanes, but did you get a chance to talk to Jack Lafontaine about what life in Penticton would be like?
Yes, he introduced himself once I got down to Carolina. He’s a really good guy and a great goalie and he said to not take anything for granted. Use all of the coaching and resources and try to win a championship there because the fans, the area, and the staff are all amazing. When I got here it was even better than he said and I’m ready to continue on here.
Favorite thing about Penticton so far?
I would probably say the fan base. Coming from prep school, there aren’t a ton of fans at a regular season game, so the fans in Penticton made me feel really lucky. At a preseason game we had 1500 fans there and playing in front of 3000 at the opener was special and I thrive under those situations.
People describe your size and speed as some of your best attributes, but what’s one area of your game that you feel like people might be underrating a bit?
My hockey sense. I think that my hockey sense kind of got lost a little bit coming from prep league and we had to play a certain style under Coach McEachern. Scouts may have questioned my hockey sense, but I showed it playing for prospect teams or with the USA national team, and I think that I get a chance to show it more now that I’m with Penticton.
Who was your favorite player growing up?
I was born in Boston so Zdeno Chara. I was always big for my age and so seeing a monster like him on the ice made me gravitate towards him. He was definitely my favorite to watch and seeing him wind up for a slap shot was always a cool feeling.
What made you want to attend Boston University to play hockey?
The main reason was the development side. They move a ton of guys onto the pros and they make them better people as well. The coaching staff was a big reason as well. I’m happy that Coach Quinn moved on to the NHL because I knew that he’d succeed. They have a great staff there and a great team, so it was a very easy decision for me.
Any Storm Surge opinions?
I personally enjoy it. I got to experience it after the scrimmage at prospects camp, and it was awesome. Something unique to the team and the fans really seem to enjoy it, so I’m all for it. It’s great seeing the fans and team connect after the games.
Any hidden talents or fun hobbies that people don’t really know about?
I lived in Pennsylvania for about ten years, and my mom played Volleyball at Clemson. I picked it up and my team went to Nationals in Columbus. People are always surprised and ask where I got the skills from?
If you weren’t a hockey player, what sort of job would you want to have?
Something in Forensic science. I enjoy those shows and I’m into trying to solve cases so that’s what I would do.
Finally, if you could pick one song as your goal song, what would it be?
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. It’s a classic and it’s in NHL video games and so I think it would be a fun one.
Once again, thank you to the Vees and Cade Webber for the interview! Be sure to keep up with Penticton on twitter.