Brett Wiese went at the things he wanted in life with pure determination — much like his idol, Edmonton Oilers’ rising star Taylor Hall.
Sadly, the 21-year-old Calgary victim will be there in spirit alone when his beloved Oilers drops the puck on their home opener Tuesday night; however, the team has taken the time to ensure his memory is not forgotten.
After learning Wiese, a high-achieving University of Calgary student, had been fatally stabbed while trying to break up house-party altercation Jan. 12, the Oilers sent a jersey with Hall’s autograph along with a card from team general manager Steve Tambellini expressing his condolences.
The gesture was overwhelming for Wiese’s father Jody, who shared a love for the Oil with his son and had purchased tickets for the two of them to attend Tuesday’s affair against the San Jose Sharks.
“For them to take time to recognize our son, I was very proud of them and I’m proud of my son,” Jody said Sunday, before adding he still plans to attend the game alongside Brett’s oldest cousin, who will likely don the Hall jersey.
An Oilers team spokesperson confirmed efforts to honour Wiese Sunday, but no one was not available for further comment.
Brett Wiese’s funeral was held Friday in his hometown of Ponoka and his young sister Morgan wore the Hall jersey, said uncle Kip Wiese. All of the pallbearers also wore Oilers jerseys.
Now, the Wiese family attempts to move forward, but Jody admits Tuesday’s game will be an emotional one.
“Brett would have wanted us to be there,” he said. “We’ll be up there cheering loudly and probably crying a little bit too.”