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Roman Polák
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Polák (right) playing for the Blues in 2013
Born April 28, 1986 (1986-04-28) (age 33)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
HC Vítkovice
St. Louis Blues
National team Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
NHL Draft 180th overall, 2004
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2005–present

Roman Polák (born April 28, 1986) is a Czech ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL) and serves as their alternate captain. He has also played for the St. Louis Blues.

Career

Before playing in the NHL, Polák played parts of 1 season with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and half of 1 season with HC Vítkovice Steel of the Czech Extraliga. Polák played for Czech Republic during the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships and the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He won a bronze medal at both tournaments. He was drafted 180th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

On October 9, 2006, Polák made his NHL debut in a 2-0 loss against the Anaheim Ducks. On December 20, 2008, he scored his first NHL goal against Niklas Bäckström of the Minnesota Wild in a 4-2 win. On June 2, 2011, the Blues resigned Polák to a five-year contract extension.

On June 28, 2014, the Blues traded Polák to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Carl Gunnarsson and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.


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