No invitation for Wolski

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 5:17 PM ET

Rare is the player who began the season in the NHL and did not earn an invitation to Canada's selection camp, but that's what happened to Wojtek Wolski. He had six points in nine games with the Colorado Avalanche before he was returned to the Brampton Battalion. Wolski has 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists) with Brampton, but no goals at even-strength.

"I was disappointed," Wolski said on the Battalion's website.

"I wish I could have got the chance to make that team, but there's nothing I can do about it now. I wish them the best and hope they do well. One of the goals I had coming back here was to play for Canada, but that's out the window now."

Wolski played himself out of coach Brent Sutter's plans with a bad showing at the summer development camp. A Hockey Canada source said it was clear Wolski wanted no part of the intense nature of the camp run by Sutter, and there was little Wolski could have done this season to change Sutter's mind.

"I feel comfortable with the decision and I know the coaching staff does too," Hockey Canada director of player personnel Blair Mackasey said. "That's the way it is."

NO CROSBY, NO KIDDING

Mackasey knew there was no chance the Pittsburgh Penguins would release Sidney Crosby to play for Canada.

"We did (ask), but I would say the odds are greater Sidney plays for the Olympic team," Mackasey said.

With Crosby staying put and Gilbert Brule of the Columbus Blue Jackets hurt, there will be no NHL players on Canada.


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