Schremp's eyes on a different prize

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Rob Schremp's dazzling statistics weren't enough to earn him the title of the OHL's top performer this season.

The London Knights forward was a runner-up to Brampton Battalion star Wojtek Wolski in media voting for the Red Tilson Trophy, awarded to the league's most outstanding player.

Schremp won the league scoring title and was second in the Canadian Hockey League with 57 goals and 145 points in 57 games for the first-place Knights, while Wolski ended up third in the OHL with 47 goals and 128 points in 56 games.

"If we win the Memorial Cup, I'm not worried about an individual award like that," Schremp said.

"It doesn't matter to me. We're playing in the OHL final right now and that's where my focus is."

Wolski, who is playing for Colorado in the Stanley Cup playoffs after his Battalion were knocked out in the OHL's second round, garnered 111 points in the vote, while Schremp picked up 100.

London's Corey Perry, now with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, won the trophy last year and the Knights were hoping for back-to-back wins.

"All I know is that when Dylan Hunter, David Bolland and I came back, we ended up first overall in the league again," Schremp said.

Polish-born Wolski, 20, was likely motivated by Colorado sending him back to Brampton at the start of the season and by being left off Canada's gold medal-winning squad at the world junior hockey championships.

Wolski, who recorded a goal and four points in his first NHL playoff series against Dallas, acknowledged Schremp's strong play yesterday.

"Rob Schremp had a great year and he definitely deserved the award as much as I did," he said.

The difference could have been the dominant second half by Wolski, who was named OHL player of the month four consecutive times and led Brampton to 14 straight wins at the end of the regular season to claim the Central Division crown.

The 19-year-old Schremp returned from the Edmonton Oilers to a 1-4 London team and was a major catalyst in the Knights' march back to the top of the standings.

"I'm biased, of course, but I know Wojtek and he's a terrific player and a nice guy, too," London captain Dylan Hunter said.

"But in five years, I never saw a player have the kind of year Rob did. He made a great case for himself.

"But Rob doesn't need a trophy to tell him how good he is. He knows it and we know what he means to us."

Still, Hunter admitted Schremp will try to prove his critics wrong and pick up his game in the league final against Peterborough.

"He won't think too much about it but it is motivation," Hunter said. "Knowing Rob, he's going to come out strong and show what kind of player he is."

WOLSKI vs. SCHREMP

Regular season: Schremp, 57 GP, 57 G, 145 P; Wolski, 56 GP, 47 G, 128 P.

Playoffs: Schremp, 15 GP, 5 G, 38 P; Wolski, 11 GP, 7 G, 18 P.


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