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 the “Dale Weise in the Netherlands” tag 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.

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With NHL lockout finally solved, Dale Weise says goodbye to Dutch paradise

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.

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Dale Weise and girlfriend Lauren Raban have become a Dutch ice hockey power couple

When the Tilburg Trappers decided to hold an auction to raise money for the financially struggling Amsterdam G’s, 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 is becoming 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 Tilsburg Trappers women’s team and is dominating at almost the same level as Weise.

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The continuing adventures of Dale Weise in the Netherlands, which still eludes him on maps (VIDEO)

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.

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Spitballin on Dale ‘Tiger’ Weise, the K-Wings doing Wham!, and the aging Sedins

Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.

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Spitballin’ on Dale Weise’s six-point game, Skyfall, and fake season shenanigans

Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.

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The adventures of Dale Weise in the Netherlands, which he can now find on a map (VIDEO)

Two weeks ago, Dale Weise became the first (and, to date, only) Canuck to go overseas during the lockout, joining, of all teams, the Destily Trappers in Tilburg, Netherlands. The Trappers play in the Eredivisie, otherwise known as the Dutch hockey league, which Weise, along with many of us, only became aware of when they offered him a contract. After Googling it — and perhaps forgetting to specify “ice” hockey and coming across photos of the gold medal-winning Dutch field hockey team — the Canucks’ fourth liner couldn’t say no.

Okay, considering he brought his girlfriend along, he probably didn’t do it for the women. More than likely, it was the opportunity to be a star on par with Joe Simons. It’s hard to blame him for wanting to play as a big-minute skill guy for a little while, especially after a season in which the Canucks made it clear he’d be plying his trade in the NHL primarily as a fourth-line ruffian.

Look at him up there, ogling his number 88 jersey. Dale Weise is the Eric Lindros of Holland.

Weise got off to a hot start in Tilburg, scoring 34 seconds into his first shift. You can watch that goal as part of this video feature he did with Dutch media outlet NOS, who followed him on his first game day from his apartment to the Stappegoor IJssportcentrum Tilburg where the Trappers play.

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Dale Weise is first Canuck heading to Europe, according to his Facebook page

According to a report from Jon Keen, long-time WHL play-by-play man, Dale Weise is the first Canucks heading overseas during the lockout. He’s not heading to any of the usual suspects, like Russia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, or Switzerland. Instead, he’s heading to the Netherlands to play for the Tilburg Trappers of the Eredivisie.

Weise wouldn’t be the first NHL player to commit to the Dutch league during the lockout, but he would be the first to actually play. The Trappers previously signed Pittsburgh Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey, only to see him bail on his commitment and head to Austria to play for Medvescak Zagreb. The Trappers manager indicated that the club would be looking for a replacement for Jeffrey and appear to have found that replacement in Weise.

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