When the Tilburg Trappers decided to hold an auction to raise money for the financially struggling Amsterdam G’s, another team in the Dutch League, they went with the most valuable item they could find: a Dale Weise jersey.
That should give an indication of just how big a star Weise has become in the Netherlands during the lockout, as he continues to rack up the points in the Dutch Eredivisie. But while Weise is the only NHL player in the Netherlands right now, he’s not the only lockout import looking to become a hockey star.
Weise’s girlfriend, Lauren Raban, has joined the Tilburg Trappers women’s team and is dominating at almost the same level as Weise.
Weise has 29 or 30 points in 10 games, depending on whether you check the team’s website or that of the Dutch Hockey Association (NIJB). This means that Weise not only has the highest points points-per-game rate in the league, he also has the highest points-per-game rate of any locked out NHL player. The three closest players to Weise are Erik Condra in the second tier Bundesliga, Nick Bonino in the second tier Italian league, and, of all people, Paul Bissonnette in the UK’s EIHL. That isn’t exactly a murderer’s row of offensive talent.
In Weise’s most recent game on Sunday, he contributed a whopping 4 goals and 3 assists, leading the Trappers to a 13-7 victory over HYC Herentals. The game before, he scored 2 short-handed goals in under 8 minutes. We’ve been referring to Weise as the Eric Lindros of Holland thanks to his #88 jersey, but did Lindros ever score at a 3 points-per-game pace? That’s beyond even Lemieux and Gretzky. Weise is setting a new standard for greatness.
With Weise leading the way, the Trappers are first place in the league. In fact, the Trappers have only lost one game with Weise in the lineup, a 5-0 loss to the Freisland Flyers in which Weise received a 25-minute penalty for “fisticuffs.”
The women’s team is only 2 games into their season, but Lauren Raban is already setting a high standard, with 4 goals so far.
That includes a hat trick in her second game, leading the Trappers to a come-from-behind victory over the Racoons. All three of her goals came within an 11-minute span at the end of the third period, which is what the kids these days call “clutch.” (Granted, other kids claim clutch is a myth based on bias of selection, but these kids are no fun at all.)
Prior to Raban’s goal-scoring outburst, the Trappers were down 5-4 to the rival Racoons, but finished with an 8-6 victory.
Like Weise, Lauren is from Winnipeg and, like many residents of Winnipeg, she has played hockey for some time. There are even records available online from a couple of her seasons in Winnipeg’s ASHL. (Her team name in 2006-07? The Porn Stars.) Also like Weise, Lauren is putting up far better numbers in the Netherlands than she did in Canada, as the records available indicate that she scored just 11 points in 32 games in the ASHL.
Have Weise and Raban become the best hockey-playing couple in Dutch ice hockey history?
By the way, that gameworn Dale Weise jersey they auctioned off? It went for over 850 Euros, which is over $1100 Canadian. That’s more than most gameworn NHL jerseys go for at auction. That’s Adam Oates territory. That’s right, I just compared Dale Weise to a Hall of Famer.
It won’t happen again. Except maybe in the Netherlands.Tags: dale weise, Dale Weise in the netherlands, Lockout