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Born February 24, 1986 (1986-02-24) (age 24),
Zabrze, Poland
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2004
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2005 – present

Wojciech "Wojtek” Wolski (pronounced: VOY-tek VOL-skee; born February 24, 1986) is a Polish Canadian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

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Junior 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.[citation needed]

Prior to being drafted, Wolski 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 (OHL)'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, and March). He was also an Alternate captain for Ontario's Under-17 team at the 2003 Canada Winter Games. Wolski suited up for Team Canada in the 2004 Canada/Russia Series and was voted Player of the Game (Team Cherry) for 2004 CHL Top Prospects Game.

NHL career

Wolski made his Avalanche debut in the 2006 playoffs and marked a sensational debut with three points (one goal, two 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 two points (two assists) for the Western Conference.[1]

In the 2008-09 season, Wolski demonstrated his scoring talent in shootouts. At season's end, he would score 10 times out of 12 attempts, establishing a single season record in percentage of shootout goals scored.[2] 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.

On March 3, 2010, Wolski was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter. In his first game with the Coyotes, he scored the game-winning goal against his former team, the Avalanche, with just 22 seconds left in the 3rd period. Three days later, in his second game with the Coyotes, he scored again in a 4-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks.

Personal

Wolski left Poland with his parents and older brother in 1989. Two years later, by way of West Germany, they finally landed in Toronto, Ontario. He 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.[citation needed] The first NHL game he attended as a young boy was the Colorado Avalanche versus the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. He followed the Avalanche as his favorite team ever since then, and grew to idolize future teammate Joe Sakic before coincidentally being drafted by Colorado himself.

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: 31

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

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Preceded by
Jonas Johansson
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Chris Stewart

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