Farewell Dale Weise: How ‘Dutch Gretzky’ Became ‘Clutch Gretzky’ In Montreal

Last night, the Montreal Canadiens dealt Dale Weise to the Chicago Blackhawks (along with Tomas Fleischmann) in exchange for Phillip Danault and a 2nd round pick in 2018.

By now, many Habs fans are well-aware of Dale Weise’s emergence with the Habs after being traded from Vancouver in 2014. Raised as a Canadiens fan thanks to his father Miles, Dale’s speed, tenacity, physicality, confidence, and surprising goal-scoring abilities quickly made him a fan favourite in Montreal.

Before joining the Montreal Canadiens, however, Dale Weise earned the nickname ”Dutch Gretzky” by scoring 22 goals and 26 asssists in 19 games playing for the Tilburg Trappers in the Netherlands during the 2013 NHL lockout.

“Never get outworked…that’s always been (my) motto” – Dale Weise.

P.K. Subban celebrates a goal against the Bruins with his best friend, Dale Weise (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS, Paul Chiasson)

P.K. Subban celebrates a goal against the Bruins with his best friend, Dale Weise (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS, Paul Chiasson)

Although Dale Weise went pointless in 6 career playoff games with Vancouver (in 2012 and 2013 respectively), he has scored 5 playoff goals in 28 playoff games with Montreal (to go along with 5 asissts). More importantly, note that three of those goals were game-winners, and of those three, two of them were playoff overtime goals. Thus, despite playing mostly bottom six minutes in the 2014 and 2015 NHL playoffs, it can be argued that Weise has been the most clutch Habs playoff performer among forwards during the last two post-seasons.

1. His first career playoff goal proved to be the game-winner in overtime, in Game 1 vs Tampa Bay in 2014.

2. His second career playoff goal, coming off of a breakaway in Game 3 vs Boston in 2014, also proved to be a game-winner.

3. His third career playoff goal opened the scoring in Game 7 vs Boston in 2014, as the Canadiens would go on to eliminate their bitter rivals the Boston Bruins.

4. His fourth career playoff goal was scored during Game 3 vs Ottawa in 2015, as Weise tied the game in the 3rd period, with a little over than 5 minutes remaining.

5. His fifth career playoff game occured later in that Game 4 vs Ottawa in 2015, another overtime goal.

Dale Weise now joins a defending Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks team featuring the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook. Remind me, are any of them clutch too?

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