The Tilburg Trappers must think Dale Weise is some kind of angel.
On Friday, January 5th, Weise picked up his final two points in the Netherlands, both of them assists, helping the Trappers to a 7-0 win over the Amsterdam G’s (although they didn’t really need the help, since the G’s have only 1 win in 21 games). With the victory, the Trappers found themselves only a win away from clinching a playoff spot with 13 Eredivisie games still remaining. Thanks in no small part to Dale Weise, a top-four finish was a foregone conclusion.
And then Weise went home. He may or may not have ridden a bicycle over the moon.
The 7-0 win turned out to be Weise’s final game for the Trappers, as the NHL lockout ended late Saturday night. Weise’s contract was terminated immediately so that he could fly home and join the rest of his Canuck teammates at training camp, which is rumoured to begin Wednesday.
The Trappers said goodbye to Weise Sunday afternoon, sending out a press release that he’d be flying home after a Sunday game versus the Geleen Eaters, which he would attend, but not play in. Here’s the release, hacked and ruined by Google Translate, from the Trappers’ website:
DISTILLATE Trappers will be in the Cup final without Dale Weise should ask. The 24-year-old striker flies after Sunday’s home match against Geleen Eaters back to Canada, where he joined the training camp of the Vancouver Canucks. Trappers take afternoon on the ice left the NHL player.
Although Trappers considered a departure from Wiese news came unexpectedly still at the Tilburg club. “We hoped secretly that Dale could bring the Cup final, but the Canucks are unrelenting. They begin their preparation for the season and want Dale hereby present “, said President Ron van Gestel. The president wants Tilburg Sunday with a sold IJssportcentrum Stappegoor say goodbye to the Canadian sympathetic: “Last Sunday was the public interest already huge, but it would be great if we could surpass against Geleen.”
“The Canucks are unrelenting.” Love it.
Good on the Trappers for saying what a number of other European teams were unwilling to say in their goodbye statements. “We knew he’d probably have t leave, but quietly, we hoped the NHL wouldn’t resolve a damn thing so we could keep our North American star, beat HYS the Hague, who have kept pace with us even though they don’t have the Mario Lemieux of the Netherlands, and win the Cup, which we haven’t done since 2009.”
No doubt that’s how they felt, especially considering what Weise accomplished in Trapper blue.
Weise leaves the Dutch League with 48 points in 19 games (22 G, 28 A). But beyond the individual success is the team success. During his time with the club, the Trappers went 16-0-1-2, outscoring their opponents 108 – 43.
That’s right. During his time in the Netherlands, Weise outscored the Trappers’ team goals against total by 5 points.
On the bright side, the Trappers weren’t without a leading scorer for long. In Weise’s final game, linemate Josh Prudden notched a hat trick, leapfrogging Weise for the team goals lead with 23, as well as the overall team points lead with 49. Weise was in on two of those, just as he was for a great many during their time together.
“Remember,” Weise told Prudden after that final game, probably, “I’ll be right here.” And then he pointed a glowing index finger right at Prudden’s heart. Prudden looked down, then felt a surge of power flow through his body. For a split-second, everything went black. When he looked back up, Dale Weise was gone. Like Kara Thrace in Battlestar Galactica.
Had he been sent by God to guide the Trappers home? Perhaps.
The Trappers won their first game without Weise, 5-1, clinching a top-four finish.Tags: Dale Weise in the netherlands