Dutch star Weise ready for another cycle around NHL
Dale Weise (right) averaged more than two points a game playing in the Dutch league during the lockout. (Reuters)
Dale Weise may have been lighting it up in The Netherlands during the lockout but he understands the same won’t be happening this year with the Canucks.
Playing with the Tilburg Trappers of Eredivisie (Dutch league), the Vancouver grinder scored 22 goals and 48 points in 19 games — a big jump from his eight points in 68 games with the Canucks last season.
“I play half the game, I play every power play, I play every five-on-three, I play every penalty kill,” Weise said of being the go-to guy overseas. “It’s obviously a different role than I play on this team. Any time you get a chance to play a more offensive role wherever you are, it’s good for your confidence and you feel good about yourself.”
However, he’s fine returning to his regular responsibilities with Vancouver once the NHL season starts.
“It’s not the same role that I had there and there’s no comparison,” the Winnipeg native said. “We got a great team here, I’ll be the first to tell you. I’m more than happy to play my role on this team and contribute.”
As for his time in Europe, Weise has fond memories, especially of the off-ice lifestyle.
“Everybody rides their bike there, which is completely different than here,” he said. “It’s a completely different culture, that’s for sure.”
Asked if he rode around in a bicycle as well, the 24-year-old laughed: “Never, not for me. But they love their bikes there.”