Wolski Inks Deal to Play in Poland

Posted October 6, 2012

Wojtek Wolski practices with the New York Rangers in February, 2011 (Photo Credit: Bridget Samuels).

As reported by Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times this morning, Capitals forward Wojtek Wolski has signed a contract to play for HK Sanok (google translate version) of the Polska Liga Hokejoka (PLH) for the duration of the lockout. The team released a statement on their official website (if you click on the link, it’s in Polish), but here’s a loose translation:

 Wojtek Wolski has decided to play for our club. He will be ready to play on October 14th and will arrive with his parents to Poland. The terms of the contract have been agreed upon and will sign after his arrival to Sanok, in which we will see our newest acquisition.

Wojtek Wolski was born in Zabrze in 1986 (his cousin is the known soccer player Sebastien Mila.) At age three, his family would leave Poland and finally settle in Canada. He was selected in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche and would make his debut the next season. In 2007, he played in the NHL Young Stars Game. The teams he would later play for are the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, and the Florida Panthers, but in July of 2012 he signed a contract to play with the Washington Capitals.

Like all European contracts, Wolski will return to the NHL once the lockout is lifted.  He becomes the fourth Cap to play overseas, joining Alexander Ovechkin, Michal Neuvirth, and Brooks Laich.

Meanwhile, Wolski spent Saturday evening tweeting photos of his Canadian Thanksgiving and Monopoly exploits.