Wolski motivated by snub

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Once Wojtek Wolski decided to get his act in gear, there was no stopping him.

A superb second half after an underachieving first one enabled Wolski, who starred for the Brampton Battalion, to be named the recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's most outstanding player.

Wolski sputtered after being returned to the Battalion from the Colorado Avalanche, where he had six points in nine games. But once Wolski was snubbed by Canada's junior team in early December, he became a points machine and wound up with 128 points (47 goals and 81 assists) in 56 games.

"I think it was motivation for me, but at the same time I just wanted to win games," said the 20-year-old Mississauga native, who is back with the Avalanche. "I was disappointed (when he was returned to Brampton) but it turned out to be the best decision."

"The knock was never on his talent, but his consistency," Battalion coach Stan Butler said. "He became a player the fans in Brampton could appreciate."


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