Canucks go home: Weise gets roaring ovation, Hansen gets lame press release

In case you’ve been living under a rock (and the underside of this rock doesn’t have any radio, television, or Internet, and you didn’t have any friends to come visit you at this rock, and also you never left the rock at any time), the NHL lockout ended yesterday. With this came the end of the overseas adventures of Jannik Hansen, Mason Raymond, Dale Weise, and Cory Schneider, who played his last game last week.

For Dale Weise, this meant end of his feel-good story in the Netherlands, which we’ve been tracking with great interest since he left. If you’ve been avoiding Canucks coverage since the lockout began, click here to relive the whole story.

As you know from yesterday’s post (unless you don’t, in which case, reacquaint yourself), Weise did some incredible things in the Dutch League, including leading the Tilburg Trappers to the verge of a playoff spot before the new CBA forced him to sit out the game in which they could clinch it. But the Trappers won the game anyway, guaranteeing them a top-four finish in the Eredivisie.

But the big moment for Tilburg fans on Sunday wasn’t saluting the team’s successful bid to make the postseason. It was saluting Dale Weise’s tour as one of them. With Weise in attendance for the game — in plainclothes, trading his Tilburg helmet for his trademark cabbie hat — fans packed the Stappegoor IJssportcentrum Tilburg to thank him. After the game, the Trappers sent him off with a varsity jacket and a roaring ovation.

Here’s the full text of Weise’s goodbye speech to the Tilburg fans, for the video impaired.

I’ll try to keep this as simple English as I can here. When I first found out I was coming to Tilburg, I was really excited, I didn’t know what to expect, and after coming here and seeing how passionate you fans are and how amazing you guys are in this city, I couldn’t have picked a better place to come to. I just want to say thank you to all you guys. You guys really support the team here, you’ve made me feel welcome here, and you guys always will have a place in my heart. I just want to say thank you very much, I’ll never forget Tilburg and you fans.

A classy end to a neat story. Anyway, back to it, Dale. Go sit on the bench and wait for your one shift a period.

Changing gears, Jannik Hansen’s stay in Tampere, Finland also came to an end. There was little fanfare, mainly because he made the mistake of heading to a league where he’d blend in. The organization didn’t make a big deal of it. Unlike Weise, he didn’t get to circle the ice surface, applauded by the fans. He wasn’t even given a spiffy Tappara varsity jacket. Instead, a succinct press release announced that the NHL lockout was over and he was going home.

Maybe that’s how they do it in Finland? Formal? Unemotional? Maybe a succinct Finnish press release is like a big tearful hug in Canada?

Either way, Hansen’s goodbye video is just a 40-second fan tribute, which features a handful of nifty plays you may not have seen, at the very least.

Clearly, Hansen hasn’t forgotten how to pass during this labour stoppage.



  1. Nee
    January 7, 2013

    “Cory Schneider went home last week.”

    Minor quibble here, but News 1130 tweeted this morning that Cory sat out the games this weekend, but is only now flying home…26 hour flight. Which makes me wonder, is he flying home on a prop plane? Switzerland is not a 26 hour flight from Vancouver.


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    • Harrison Mooney
      January 7, 2013

      Right, right. I meant that he played his last game last week. I’ll update. Thanks, Nee.

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  2. Zach Morris
    January 7, 2013

    Cory Schneider left silently after an ousting by their backup goaltender, but started an amazing twitter account to compensate.

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  3. Fred
    January 7, 2013

    Lets be honest Weise in the Dutch league which is likely below the BCJHL so he appears like a knight in shining armour. Hansen on the other hand is just another player in a strong league

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  4. Rachael
    January 7, 2013

    That’s okay. I’m pretty sure honey badger don’t care.

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  5. ProudtoDutch
    January 8, 2013

    @Fred, that is not true, it is more compared to the level of ECHL

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  6. flying dutchmen
    January 8, 2013


    First get you’re information richt before you go judging.
    Surely the Dutch league can’t be compared to the NHL but what league can??
    We we’re proud to have an NHL player in our team for a few months.
    Don’t spoil the moment please.

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  7. Trappernation
    January 8, 2013

    What a garbage newspaper. No respect.

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  8. Snepsts
    January 14, 2013

    The Dutch can be classy. If you work hard for very little money and that gets them accolades or profit, they give you free stuff that isn’t worth anything and tout you as a hero. I’m Dutch, so that isn’t racist.

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