Welcome back to Pass it to Weise, the hockey blog that, no thanks to this unbelievably stupid lockout, has descended almost exclusively into updates about Dale Weise’s tour of duty in the Netherlands. Brace yourself for another white-knuckle ride!
Obviously, we wish it hadn’t come to this, both because Dale Weise isn’t exactly the most compelling Canuck and also because making this much fun of the comparative mediocrity of Netherlands hockey isn’t making us any friends over at the IJS Hockey Forum, a Dutch message board. (We see you talking about us, Joep Meijsen, and thanks to Google Translate, we even have a vague, choppy understanding of what you’re saying.)
But it cannot be helped. Weise is basically the only Canuck doing anything besides working out, and Jason Botchford has already written the definitive “the Canucks are working out” article. Plus, we do find it more than a little amusing what a big deal Weise is over there, not to mention how thoroughly he’s dominating the Dutch League, which appears to be about a step up from the Vatican Hockey League (where the team that has the pope usually wins because you’re not allowed to hit him, and the pope has mad dangles).
I mean, heck, here’s yet another documentary crew following Weise around as he does mundane tasks like gather groceries and try on hats.
What can we take away from this video? Not too much. We learn that Weise appears to make a distinction between bananas and fruit, which is concerning. We finally get confirmation that the cabbie hat he’s always sporting is indeed his favourite hat. And, like his last short feature for a news organization, Weise reiterates his still-horrifying, complete inability to find a major European country on a map.
You really shouldn’t take maps for granted, Weise. Some people don’t have maps.
But, in all fairness to Dale Weise, while he may not be delivering the entertainment in these fluffy Dutch documentaries, he’s undeniably delivering it on the ice. He’s up to 15 points in 6 games now, and he is consistently the best player on the ice. Seriously, watch this shift that leads to a Weise goal during a game versus the Geleen Eaters.
That spin move is slick.
But, lest you think all this time as a skill guy will have Weise forgetting how to play the role of the tough guy — a role he’ll be expected to resume, or potentially even compete for once he returns to Vancouver – opponent Jeffrey Martens learned the hard way that Weise still remembers how to punch.
Yesterday we touched on a fight Weise got into in his most recent game, and lamented that there was no video. But video has since surfaced, at least of the fight’s aftermatch, when Weise does a little showboating for the excited crowd:
This guy is just full of confidence right now.
I can’t wait until the next time he encounters Shawn Thornton. You don’t want to mess with me, Thornton. Did you see what I did to Jeffrey Martens? THAT COULD HAVE BEEN YOU.
All right. We promise this will be the last Dale-Weise-in-the-Netherlands update for awhile, for two reasons. Even we’re sick of it, for one. Furthermore, unless I’m reading the schedule wrong, the Trappers have a 19-day layoff before their next game on November 23rd. Holy cow.
Considering the progress being made in CBA talks, Weise’s last game may very well have been his last game in the Netherlands. I’m sure he’ll be missed.Tags: Dale Weise in the netherlands