The adventures of Dale Weise in the Netherlands, which he can now find on a map (VIDEO)

“When I asked for this number in Vancouver they laughed at me!”

Two weeks ago, Dale Weise became the first (and, to date, only) Canuck to go overseas during the lockout, joining, of all teams, the Destily Trappers in Tilburg, Netherlands. The Trappers play in the Eredivisie, otherwise known as the Dutch hockey league, which Weise, along with many of us, only became aware of when they offered him a contract. After Googling it — and perhaps forgetting to specify “ice” hockey and coming across photos of the gold medal-winning Dutch field hockey team — the Canucks’ fourth liner couldn’t say no.

Okay, considering he brought his girlfriend along, he probably didn’t do it for the women. More than likely, it was the opportunity to be a star on par with Joe Simons. It’s hard to blame him for wanting to play as a big-minute skill guy for a little while, especially after a season in which the Canucks made it clear he’d be plying his trade in the NHL primarily as a fourth-line ruffian.

Look at him up there, ogling his number 88 jersey. Dale Weise is the Eric Lindros of Holland.

Weise got off to a hot start in Tilburg, scoring 34 seconds into his first shift. You can watch that goal as part of this video feature he did with Dutch media outlet NOS, who followed him on his first game day from his apartment to the Stappegoor IJssportcentrum Tilburg where the Trappers play.

A few more things we learn from this clip:

  • Peanut butter and jam is Weise’s jam. In the lamest anecdote of all time, Weise explains that he used to eat a lot of peanut butter and jam, and then, when he got to the NHL, he discovered he still eats a lot of peanut butter and jam. Life is unbelievable!
  • What the heck is up with the close-up of Weise and his girlfriend holding hands? This isn’t a chronicle of their love, NOS.
  • Prior to coming to the Netherlands, Weise knew of the country, but he “couldn’t tell you one thing about it or point it out on a map.” Yikes. The interviewer reacts with the appropriate amount of incredulity.
  • Weise just loves that hat, doesn’t he?
  • It is hilarious to me that, after the goal, the rest of Weise’s highlights are either him falling or crashing into things.
  • Speaking of which, I’m sure the Canucks would prefer Weise were playing in a slightly tougher league where he could work on his grinding game, and if they weren’t before, they will be the moment they see him attempt to hit a Dutch player and bounce right off.
  • And finally, a note on the “good, better, best” nursery rhyme on the whiteboard, which is age-old and anonymous: a bunch of Internet sites have it mistakenly attributed to NBA centre Tim Duncan because he said it once. Thanks for being you, Internet.
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23 comments

  1. Frank N
    October 23, 2012

    I’m from The Netherlands and was quite surprised to learn that he went to The Netherlands to play (ice) hockey. Nice that you picked up the story. And yes, he is a star there! ;-)

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  2. Taylor Mah
    October 23, 2012

    It took me a while to realize that they had curling sheets painted on the ice.

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  3. Aderam
    October 23, 2012

    A friend of mine reffed in that league when he was in the Netherlands for his Masters degree. What a crazy world we live in.

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    • Dan D
      October 23, 2012

      That is awesome! And here I am working on my Masters degree in Canada, like an idiot!

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  4. charlie1,604,005
    October 23, 2012

    Big fun. Thanks for a feel good story in the midst of our despair.

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  5. Tanner Duy
    October 23, 2012

    Love that Dale Weiss!

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  6. Robert C
    October 24, 2012

    Hi, I’m a fan af the Destil Trappers from Tilburg Holland.
    I love to see Dale play the game, I even went to a couple of trainings, which is quit
    unusual in Holland to do. I hope we see a lot of nice things of him, hopefully (for us Dutch) the lockout lasts for a wile, so we can enjoy him longer!

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  7. Henry van Berkel
    October 24, 2012

    Hello there,

    Funny that the writer mentioned Joe Simons.
    Joe is a legend in Tilburg.
    If you are interested in the hockeyclub Tilburg Trappers go to the following address :
    http://www.tysctrappers.nl

    After that you will know that we, in the Netherlands, do not walk on wooden shoes anymore……

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    • Howard
      October 24, 2012

      I played in The Hague way back in 1970-71 an remember playing against a lot of real good players from Tilburg . The fans were great and it was a lot of fun , And I remember Joe Simons . Probably the best player in the league at that time . Man that was a long time ago .

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      • Henry van Berkel
        October 25, 2012

        Thanks Howard for your reply.
        That’s a positive contribute.
        Better than some messages here……….

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        • Howard
          October 25, 2012

          I also remember a young guy by the name of Bob Smulders . He was an excellent player and very good with the puck . Hard to get it off him . There was also a couple of players from Canada and a real good player from Chezkslovakia . Tilburg was the best team in the League at that time and the two years I played we only beat them maybe twice . Like I said it was a long time ago . But a fun two years .

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          • Henry van Berkel
            October 26, 2012

            Well Howard, I would say visit my site mentioned above, choose the english language
            on the top right corner and then read the history of the Trappers.
            Look at the rosters of the years you played in the Netherlands and
            all the memories will come back. Have fun.

            P.S.
            Bob Smulders son played in the Netherlands too, and in the summer he played in
            Australia as well.

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  8. Henry van Berkel
    October 24, 2012

    Oh yeah, I forgot something,
    In 1982-1983 there was playing another Vancouver Canuck in Tilburg.
    His name?
    Dennis Ververgaert. Remember him?
    Played in the 70′s for you guys.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      October 25, 2012

      Before my time, unfortunately, though I obviously know about him. Interesting to know that there’s another connection between the Canucks and the Trappers.

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      • Henry van Berkel
        October 26, 2012

        Hello Daniel,

        The coach of the Trappers is also known in Vancouver.
        His name : Barry Smith.
        Yeah, the assistant coach of the Canucks of few years ago.

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  9. Kelvin Yu
    October 24, 2012

    I’m impressed by the number of people in that arena.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 24, 2012

      They’re there to see Weise. That’s not a joke.

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      • Kelvin Yu
        October 24, 2012

        If I were a superstar NHLer I would sign with some super obscure league just for the lols. And the 10ppg nights.

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  10. Hans Ligtvoet
    October 26, 2012

    another 4 points for Dal Weise we won from the champion Geleen with 9 to 1 and Dale made 1 goal and 4 assist

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 26, 2012

      2 goals and 2 assists according to the updated boxscore. He’s tearing it up… in that easy league.

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  11. Hans Ligtvoet
    October 26, 2012

    ok two goals and two assists

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  12. Antoon
    October 27, 2012

    Hello you guys…I saw Dale as well playing against 18 years old kids in our Dutch leaugue..he did very well…and big experience for him as well.
    For us as Dutchies is always fun to see Canadians playing soccer . I always asked myself why there are playing more kids soccer intstead of hockey in Canada.

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  13. C4NUCK
    October 29, 2012

    Wow, Weise comes across as remarkably simple and ignorant, eh? I was never much of a fan and the fact that he’s kinda slow shouldn’t really change my opinion of him as a hockey player (since there are many athletes who are both uneducated and successful) but it definitely does. Weise should stay in Holland to be the Dutch Lindros while the Canucks pursue more intellectual fourth line players. Malhotra might be an expensive fourth liner but he’s smart and its reflected in his play, I’d like to seem some more fourth line players like that and less like Weise.

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