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.
This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.