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Wojtek Wolski [pronounced Voy-tek Vol-skee] (born February 24, 1986 in Zabrzemarker, Polandmarker) is a Polish-born Canadianmarker ice hockey left winger, currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. He currently leads the league in all-time shootout goals percentage.

Playing career

Wolski was drafted in the first round, 21st overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. It was originally believed that he would be the 10th-15th pick, but some teams passed on him because he was charged with assault causing bodily harm by Toronto police shortly before the draft. Wolski allegedly beat and hospitalized another young man his age after Wolski was asked to leave a birthday party. The case was dismissed when it was learned that Wolski was defending his girlfriend, who had been pushed off a porch.

Prior to being drafted, he attended St. Michael's College School and played for the Buzzers hockey team in 2001–02. Before making the Avalanche roster he recorded 14 franchise records as a member of the OHL's Brampton Battalion, and earned the award for Ontario Hockey League's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2006. Wolski was the OHL Player of the Month an unprecedented four months in a row (December, January, February, March) he was also an Alternate captain for Ontario'smarker Under-17 team at the 2003 Canada Winter Games. Wolski suited up for Team Canada in the 2004 Canadamarker/Russiamarker Series and was voted Player of the Game (Team Cherry) for 2004 CHL Top Prospects Game.

Wolski made his Avalanche debut in the 2006 playoffs and marked a sensational debut with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists). In his first full professional season, Wolski played in the NHL YoungStars Game on January 23, 2007, a part of the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game festivities held in Dallas. He recorded 2 points (2 assists) for the Western Conference.

In the 2008-09 season, Wojtek makes his presence felt in the league with his ability to score in the shootout,Only to be beaten my Mike Smith,and Evgeni Nabokov At season's end, he would score 10 times out of 12 attempts, leading the league in all-time shootout goals percentage. His 14 goals and 28 assists would be good enough to finish third on the Avs with 42 points, behind Milan Hejduk and Ryan Smyth.

Awards



Brampton Battalion franchise records

  • Most career points: 328
  • Most career goals: 130
  • Most career assists: 198
  • Most points in a season: 128
  • Most assists in a season: 81
  • Most career power play assists: 83
  • Most career power play points: 141
  • Most career short-handed goals: 9
  • Most career game winning goals: 18
  • Most points in a game: 7
  • Most goals in a game: 4 (shared)
  • Most career playoff games.


Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 St. Michael's Buzzers OPJHL 33 16 33 49 40
2002–03 Brampton Battalion OHL 64 25 32 57 24 11 5 0 5 6
2003–04 Brampton Battalion OHL 66 29 41 70 30 12 5 3 8 8
2004–05 Brampton Battalion OHL 67 29 44 73 41 6 2 5 7 6
2005–06 Brampton Battalion OHL 57 47 81 128 46
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 2 4 6 4 8 1 3 4 2
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 76 22 28 50 14
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 77 18 30 48 14 7 2 3 5 2
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 14 28 42 28
NHL totals 240 56 90 146 60 15 3 6 9 4


Personal

Wojtek Wolski left Poland with his parents and older brother in 1989, in search of a better future. Two years later, by way of Germany, they finally landed in Toronto. Wojtek learned how to skate at a local outdoor skating rink in Etobicoke, using his brothers skates which were a few sizes too big. In order to make them fit he would wear three pairs of socks and stuff the front of the boot with newspapers. The first NHL game he attended as a young boy was the Colorado Avalanche versus the New York Rangers at Madison Square Gardenmarker. He followed the Avs as his favorite team ever since then, and grew to idolize future teammate Joe Sakic before coincidentally being drafted by Colorado himself.

References

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  2. Brick road paves way for Wolski : Avalanche : The Rocky Mountain News

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