Wolski's mind is at ease

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Wojtek Wolski's sole focus this winter will be nothing but hockey, and you can bet the 19-year-old is relieved.

Wolski, a first-round pick by the Colorado Avalanche in 2004 and the marquee player with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, last week was acquitted in provincial court of assault causing bodily harm.

"It was pretty difficult last season because it was always in the back of my mind and I was always thinking about when I would be in court again," Wolski said. "I'm happy the whole process is over."

Wolski was charged in June 2004 after an alleged incident at a Toronto house party. With uncertainty hanging over his head during the hockey season, Wolski led the Battalion with 29 goals and 73 points in 67 games. Now, he knows there is a possibility the experience, which included a three-day trial that ended last Friday, will strengthen him mentally.

Wolski will leave for Avalanche training camp next week but is ready to take charge when he returns to Brampton. Among his goals is a coveted spot on Canada's roster at the world junior championship in Vancouver.

"I have to dominate after the average year I had," Wolski said.


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