Watch what will probably be Mason Raymond’s only ever Swedish-league goal

The sign of an Örebro fan, updated for accuracy.

On Boxing Day, it was announced that Mason Raymond would be heading overseas in the new year to join Örebro of Sweden’s second-tier league, HockeyAllsvenskan. The timing was a little strange, what with the NHL and NHLPA only having a few more weeks before they’d either have to announce a deal or announce the year was lost, but Raymond’s timing has been a little off ever since he returned from his back injury. So we won’t hold that against him.

The Canucks winger made his Swedish-league debut on January 3rd, 2012, in a 4-3 loss to Mora. He had no points and, worse, he had no shots. His home debut, however, went a little better. Örebro eked out a 3-2 shootout win, led by a strong performance from Raymond, who found his legs to score his first goal. But, as it turns out, it wasn’t just a first home game and his first goal — it was his only home game and his only goal. The very next day, the lockout ended.

There was some confusion over whether Mason Raymond’s 11-game contract had an out clause, but according to agent J.P. Barry, it did. Thus, At the time of this writing, Raymond is on his way home, his adventure in Sweden having lasted all of two games.

That makes the goal he scored extra-special, since it’s very likely the only HockeyAllsvenskan goal he’ll ever score.

So let’s watch it. Click here or click the image below for highlights of the game. Raymond’s goal, a powerplay marker on a slapshot from the top of the zone, is the first of the clip.

Pretty typical Raymond goal. You can see him initially curling at the top of the circle looking for his trademark wrister, but when the shooting lane is cut off, he dishes the puck, then winds up for a one-timer instead. Maybe Raymond can get a copy of the tape and use it to suggest the Canucks try him at the point on the first-unit?

If Raymond’s play in his home debut was any indication of how he might play going forward, Orebro was going to love him. Not only did Raymond score the game’s opening goal – he registered a whopping 11 shots on net, 6 more than anyone else on either side.

He was also all over the Örebro game recap, which, as usual, is rendered hilarious through the magic of Google Translate.

The match started at a fast pace where the game flowed back and forth. After 4:05 Mason Raymond got a good location to pop zero, but Patrick Galbraith in Oskarshamn goal survived.

Of course, we know that, later in the game, Raymond did finally manage to “pop zero”.

Fans were excited about Raymond’s play. This tweet essentially translates to: I am already looking forward to Wednesday’s match to see more of Mason Raymond.

 

Unfortunately, Raymond won’t be there Wednesday. He’ll be in Vancouver. Sorry, Henrik Andersson, but Mason Raymond popping zero in Sweden was a one-time thing.

4 comments

  1. Zack
    January 6, 2013

    What about super Trapper Weise? What did his season stats end up at by today?

    Is the Tilborg organization putting a trade offer together to the Canucks?

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  2. ROCO
    January 7, 2013

    #88 – Dale Weise
    Team:Tilburg Trappers
    Positie:Forward
    Geboortedatum: 05-08-’88 (24 jaar)
    Geboorteplaats:Winnipeg, MAN (Canada)
    Nationaliteit:Canadees
    Lengte:188 cm
    Gewicht:93 kg
    Season statistics
    Team GP G A TP PPG SHG GWG GTG GDG 2 5 10 20 25 PIM
    ERE Tilburg 22 26 30 56 8 3 1 0 8 13 0 2 1 1 91
    Career statistics
    Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
    2003-2004 Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA MMHL – - – - – |
    2004-2005 Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA MMHL – - – - – |
    2005-2006 Swift Current Broncos WHL 53 4 14 18 57 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0 2
    2006-2007 Swift Current Broncos WHL 67 18 25 43 94 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1 8
    2007-2008 Swift Current Broncos WHL 53 29 21 50 84 | Playoffs 12 7 6 13 20
    2008-2009 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 74 11 12 23 64 | Playoffs 6 3 1 4 2
    2009-2010 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 73 28 22 50 114 |
    2010-2011 Connecticut Whale AHL 47 18 20 38 73 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3 8
    New York Rangers NHL 10 0 0 0 19 |
    2011-2012 Vancouver Canucks NHL 68 4 4 8 81 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 0
    2012-2013 Vancouver Canucks NHL – - – - – |

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  3. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    January 7, 2013

    “Maybe Raymond can get a copy of the tape and use it to suggest the Canucks try him at the point on the first-unit?”

    Or he could probably just use the same web link that you guys did. {drum hit, cymbal clash}

    I feel that with a name like that, Henrik Andersson should already be playing for the Canucks, not commenting on games on Twitter.

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  4. BorisGreen
    January 7, 2013

    hahahahahah Mannn, news revolving around Mason Raymond always makes me feel uncomfortable and sad.

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