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Weise signs first NHL contract with Rangers

Fourth-rounder becomes second 2008 draftee to sign

Friday, 09.19.2008 / 9:31 PM / News
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Dale Weise.

Dale Weise scored two goals in the Rangers' final game of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament  earlier this week.
Weise, 20, skated in 53 games with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, registering 29 goals and 22 assists for 51 points, along with 84 penalty minutes. He led the Broncos in goals (29), ranked fifth in points (51) and tied for sixth in penalty minutes (84).

He also tied for the team lead in power play goals (13) and shorthanded goals (three). Weise recorded a career-high, five-game points streak from November 9 vs. Medicine Hat to November 18 vs. Saskatoon, registering eight points (five goals and three assists) over the span. He notched his first career hat trick and tallied a career-high, four points (three goals and one assist) on January 16 vs. Red Deer.

In addition, Weise appeared in 12 post-season contests for Swift Current (WHL), registering seven goals and six assists for 13 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He finished the playoffs tied for the team lead in goals (seven), tied for second in points (13) and ranked third in assists (six).

The 6-2, 202-pounder has skated in 173 career WHL games with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Swift Current Broncos, recording 51 goals and 61 assists for 112 points, along with 235 penalty minutes. In 22 career WHL playoff contests with Swift Current, Weise has registered seven goals and seven assists for 14 points, along with 30 penalty minutes. In 2006-07, he established career-highs in games played (67), assists (25) and penalty minutes (94).

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally the Rangers’ fourth round choice, 111th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. New York acquired the pick in a trade with the Nashville Predators, in exchange for a 2008 seventh round pick (Jani Lajunen) and a fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.