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'm here to develop a winning culture and a winning team. There is a bright future ahead of this team. A lot of young, great hockey players here and on the way … a fan base that's passionate about the game of hockey.
— Dan Bylsma after being introduced as new coach of the Buffalo Sabres