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.
When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.
— Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions