Wolski on a mission

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Wojtek Wolski has proven to be a man of his word.

At the end of October, upon his return to Brampton from the Colorado Avalanche, Wolski said he wanted to "come back and dominate and help Brampton win."

Wolski, who turned 20 on Feb. 24, has done just that. The Mississauga native has set numerous Battalion records since his nine-game stint with the Avalanche including points (98), and assists (62). With 36 goals, he needs eight in Brampton's final nine games to break Raffi Torres' standard of 43.

"I try to take it in perspective," Wolski, a first-round pick by Colorado in 2004, said. "I mean, this is what I am supposed to be doing."

Becoming the first Battalion player to reach 100 points in one season has a nice ring to it for Wolski. In three previous seasons, his high was 73 points. In the 31 games since he was spurned by the Canadian junior team, Wolski has 75 points.

"In past years, I was told by Stan (Butler, the Battalion coach/director of hockey operations) and my agent that I could reach that plateau," Wolski said. "I always thought I could have, and probably should have. To reach it in the next couple of games would mean a lot to me."

Most importantly, from Wolski's point of view, is that he is not tearing up the league in a vacuum. The Battalion has won five in a row and will go for a franchise-record sixth consecutive win Friday at home versus the Oshawa Generals.

With 73 points, Brampton, which has a team-record 35 wins, is six off the franchise mark.

"This is the year expectations have to be met," Wolski said. "In previous years we kind of just got to the playoffs. But that's the best time of year and we want to be better."

LUDZIK IN THE PICTURE

Steve Ludzik confirmed he will be the coach and general manager of the OHL franchise that rises on the Niagara Peninsula, if such an occurrence happens.

Ludzik, Don Cherry and Ernie Coetzee are hoping to get the go-ahead from St. Catharines city council to renovate Jack Gatecliff Arena with the intent of bringing in an OHL club. If St. Catharines says no, expect the city of Niagara Falls to get involved. A new rink would be needed there as well.

There are no current plans by the league for expansion, so Ludzik and his group would have to buy a team and move it. There have been whispers that Erie or Mississauga could be a candidate, but nothing would be done for next season.

Ludzik, who was born and raised in Toronto but has lived in Niagara Falls for years, has coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and in the AHL, but his heart lies in the OHL.

"The most satisfying time I've had in coaching was the year I took the (Mississauga) IceDogs over (2002-03)," Ludzik said. "I have great memories and that coaching level has been the most rewarding."


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