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 challenged him to a goalie fight when we chatted before the game, but he didn't want to go. It was strange to see him at the other end of the ice, but I'm sure he felt the same way looking down at our end.
— Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack joking about facing his former teammate Roberto Luongo after the Canucks' win against the Panthers