Roman Polák

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Roman Polák
Roman Polak of the STL Blues.
Born (1986-04-28) April 28, 1986 (age 29)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
HC Vítkovice
St. Louis Blues
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 180th overall, 2004
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2005–present

Roman Polák (born April 28, 1986) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL) and is the team's assistant captain.

Playing career[edit]

Polák was drafted in the sixth round, 180th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. After playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL) in the 2004–05 season with the Kootenay Ice, he returned to his native Czech Republic to make his professional debut with HC Vítkovice of the Czech Extraliga.

In the 2006–07 season, Polák returned to North America and appeared in his first NHL game on October 9, 2006, against the Anaheim Ducks. After two seasons between the Blues and their affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, Polák made the starting roster for the Blues in the 2008–09 season.

Polák scored his first NHL goal in his 57th game on December 20, 2008, against the Minnesota Wild.[1] He finished the season with 15 points in 69 games and was re-signed by the Blues to a two-year contract on July 24, 2009.[2]

Emerging as a mainstay in the Blues defense and establishing himself as the Blues top defensive defensemen over the next two seasons, Polák was re-signed by St. Louis to a five-year contract extension on June 2, 2011.[3]

On June 28, 2014, Polák was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Carl Gunnarsson and a 2014 fourth-round draft pick (goaltender Ville Husso).[4] During his first season in Toronto, Polak set a career high in goals scored.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Kootenay Ice WHL 65 5 18 23 85 9 0 0 0 6
2005–06 HC Vítkovice CZE 37 0 1 1 16 6 0 0 0 6
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 0 0 0 6
2006–07 Peoria Rivermen AHL 53 4 8 12 66
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 34 0 7 7 33
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 0 1 1 0
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 1 14 15 45 4 0 0 0 0
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 4 17 21 59
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 55 3 9 12 33
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 0 11 11 57 9 0 0 0 19
2012–13 HC Vítkovice CZE 22 2 6 8 10
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 1 5 6 48 6 0 1 1 2
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 4 9 13 71 6 0 1 1 4
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 5 4 9 48
NHL totals 480 18 70 88 367 25 0 2 2 25

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2005 North Dakota
IIHF U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Minsk
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Czech Republic WJC18 3rd 7 0 0 0 8
2005 Czech Republic WJC 3rd 7 0 2 2 4
2006 Czech Republic WJC 6th 6 0 2 2 6
2009 Czech Republic WC 6th 7 0 1 1 6
2010 Czech Republic OG 7th 5 0 0 0 4
2014 Czech Republic WC 4th 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 20 0 4 4 18
Senior totals 13 0 1 1 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ St. Louis Blues - Recap: Minnesota @ St. Louis, December 20, 2008
  2. ^ "St. Louis Blues re-sign defenseman Roman Polak". Stltoday.com. 2009-07-24. Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Polak signs contract extension". St. Louis Blues. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Leafs Swap Gunnarsson For Roman Polak; Select Valiev In 3rd Round". Hockeybuzz.com. 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 

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