April 28, 1986 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs
St. Louis Blues
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||180th overall, 2004
St. Louis Blues
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.
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. 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.
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.
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). During his first season in Toronto, Polak set a career high in goals scored.
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||St. Louis Blues||NHL||19||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||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||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
|2005 North Dakota|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
- St. Louis Blues - Recap: Minnesota @ St. Louis, December 20, 2008
- "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.
- "Polak signs contract extension". St. Louis Blues. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- "Leafs Swap Gunnarsson For Roman Polak; Select Valiev In 3rd Round". Hockeybuzz.com. 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2012-06-28.