Polak will compete for his country in the city of Vancouver for the second time -- he collected two assists in six games when the World Junior Championships were held there in 2006. He competed twice as a junior, also playing at the 2005 World Junior Championship, winning a bronze medal.
A member of the 2009 World Championship team, Polak finished tied for the second on the team with a plus-seven rating in seven games.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic