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Wojtek Wolski
Wojtek Wolski
Left Wing
(VOY-teck VOHL-skee)
Number: 8
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 24, 1986
Birthplace: Zabrze, Poland
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Drafted: COL / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (21st overall)
2008-09 SEASON
Led all NHL players in both shootout goals (10-of-12) and percentage (83.3%)…Tied the NHL record for most shootout goals in a single season set by Jussi Jokinen in 2005-06…Is now 17-for-26 in career shootout attempts (65.4%), the highest percentage in league history…Finished third on the Avalanche in scoring with 42 points (14g/28a) while playing in a career-high 78 games…Led the club with 70 takeaways…Did not dress on Nov. 24 at Anaheim (head)…Scored two goals 1:36 apart on Nov. 29 vs. Tampa Bay, the fastest two goals by an Avalanche player since Milan Hejduk (0:34) on Jan. 17, 2006 vs. Toronto…Tallied his first career short-handed goal on Dec. 4 at Nashville…Appeared in his 200th NHL game on Jan. 4 vs. Minnesota…Was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for Jan. 5-11 after leading all scorers with six points (4g/2a) in three games…Notched his second career overtime goal on Feb. 17 vs. Ottawa.

CAREER
2007-08:
Finished third on the Avalanche in assists (30), was fourth in points (48) and fifth in goals (18)…Shared the team lead with six game-winning goals…Posted the fifth highest plus/minus ratio on the club (+10)…Went 4-for-8 in shootouts…Compiled a career-high eight-game point streak (4g/5a) from Oct. 13 to Nov. 1…Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 7 vs. Edmonton…Scored his first career overtime goal on Dec. 21 vs. NY Rangers…Matched his career high with three assists on Feb. 9 at Vancouver…Recorded his 100th career point with an assist on March 24 vs. Calgary. PLAYOFFS: Totaled five points (2g/3a) in seven games during the postseason…Scored the winning goal in Game Four (CQF) vs. Minnesota on April 15…Suffered a torso injury in the first period of Game One (CSF) at Detroit on April 24 and was sidelined for the remainder of the playoffs. 2006-07: Finished fourth among NHL rookies in scoring with 50 points (22g/28a) in 76 games…He and Paul Stastny became only the third rookie duo since 1993-94 to both reach 50 points…Ranked among the league’s top rookies in goals (5th, 22), assists (5th, 28), power-play goals (5th, 7), PP assists (5th, 10),  PP points (5th, 17), shots (6th, 165) and shooting percentage (8th, 13.3%)…Participated in the NHL’s YoungStars Game on Jan. 23 in Dallas, notching two assists…Recorded a career-high four points (1g/3a) on Nov. 25 vs. Vancouver…Named NHL Rookie of the Month for December after tallying 11 points (5g/6a) in 13 games…Was the first Avalanche player to win rookie of the month honors since Radim Vrbata in February of 2002…Missed four games due to a mild concussion, Feb. 18-24…Suffered the injury after a collision with Craig Conroy on Feb. 17 at Calgary. 2005-06: Named Ontario Hockey League Player of the Year…Awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player… Finished third in the OHL scoring race with 47 goals and81 assists for 128 points in 56 games with the Brampton Battalion…Named OHL Player of the Month for December, January, February and March and was the league’s top scorer from Christmas until the end of the regular season…Began the season with the Avalanche, recording two goals and four assists in nine games before being sent to his junior team on Oct. 26…Made his NHL debut in the season opener Oct. 5 at Edmonton…At 19 years, 223 days, became the third youngest player to ever skate for the Avalanche…Scored his first NHL goal and recorded his first two career assists on Oct. 10 vs. Calgary…Earned MVP honors for the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the OHL All Star Classic in Belleville (2g/1a)…Became the Battalion’s all-time leading scorer with an assist against Kingston on Dec. 8…Named OHL Player of the Week for Jan. 16-22, capping a record-setting stretch in which he totaled six goals and 13 points in three games…Set a team record with seven points, including four goals, in the Battalion’s 9-4 victory over Erie on Jan. 22 in Brampton…Ranked second on the Battalion with 18 points in 11 playoff games (7g/11a)…Played for Team OHL at the Canada-Russia Challenge on Nov. 24-28, compiling five points in two games (4g/1a). NHL PLAYOFFS: Was added to the Avalanche’s playoff roster on April 19…Scored a goal and added two assists in his first career playoff game, Game One of CQF at Dallas (April 22)…Became the fourth player in franchise history to record three points in his first NHL playoff game, joining Michel Goulet, Peter Stastny and Anton Stastny…All three of those players did it in the same game, April 8, 1981 at Philadelphia. 2004-05: Led Brampton in scoring for the second straight year, compiling 73 points (29g/44a) in 67 games. 2003-04: Led the Brampton Battalion in goals (29), assists (41), and points (70)…Named to the OHL’s First All-Star Team, only the second player in Brampton history to receive the honor…Played in the 2004 OHL All-Star Game at Peterborough. 2002-03: Was named to the OHL’s All-Rookie Team in his first season with Brampton…Was the youngest member of the Battalion, making his OHL debut as a 16 year old…Runner-up in voting for the OHL’s Rookie of the Year Award to Mississauga’s Robbie Schremp…Brampton’s Scholastic Player of the Year…Was an alternate captain for Ontario’s Under-17 team at the 2003 Canada Winter Games and finished third in the tournament in scoring…Was also an alternate captain and linemate of Sidney Crosby on Team Canada at the 2003 World Under-18 tournament. 2001-02: Played for the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Provincial Junior A League before being drafted third overall in the 2002 OHL draft.

PERSONAL
Name is pronounced VOY-teck VOHL-skee…Born in Zabrze, Poland, he and his family moved to Berlin, Germany, when he was two…In 1990, when he was four, his family emigrated to Canada and resided in Toronto before moving to Mississauga in 1997… Speaks fluent Polish…Wojtek’s parents, Wieslaw and Zofia, are both natives of Poland…Wieslaw, called Wes, is a stonemason who has his own company based in Toronto…Wojtek’s uncle, Stefan Mila, played professional soccer in Poland…Is involved with Garth Brooks’ “Teammates For Kids.”

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