Chase Polacek (RW)
Last Season (2010-11)
• Hobey Baker Top Ten Finalist, ECAC-Hockey Pre-Season All-League, Inside College Hockey (INCH) Pre-Season All-America First Team, Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalist, INCH National Player of the Week twice (12/13, 1/24), Rensselaer Invitational All-Tournament Team , INCH All-ECAC Hockey , INCH ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, ECAC Hockey Player of the Year finalist, All-ECAC Hockey First Team, ECAC Hockey Player of the Year while playing for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
• Led RPI in goals (21) and points (48) while finishing second on the team in assists (27).
• Led all ECAC Hockey in scoring, power-play points and game-winning goals (9). His nine GWG were best in the nation while his 11 PPG were sixth.
• Registered 16 multi-point games including a four-point (4a) game on 12/4/10 vs. Brown.
• Signed to an ATO with Peoria on 3/31/11 and made his professional debut on 4/1/11 at San Antonio.
2009-10: Played in all 39 games for the Engineers during his junior season at R.P.I. Led the team with 26 goals and 52 points and was second on the team with 26 assists. His 13 power play goals and two shorthanded goals was also a team-best. Ranked third in the nation in power play goals sixth in points per game and eighth in goals per game. Recorded a point in 14 straight contests from 10/30/09 to 12/29/09. A two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, he was named a Hobey Baker Top Ten Finalist, National All-American, All-ECAC Hockey First Team, and ECAC Hockey Player of the Year.
2008-09: Appeared in all 39 games for R.P.I. as a sophomore. Led the team in goals (11), assists (21), points (32), power play goals (5), and game-winning goals (3). Had a five-game point streak (3g, 2a) from 10/24/08 to 11/7/08. Set a school record for fastest goal scored in overtime (9 seconds) vs. St. Lawrence. Named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team and team’s Most Valuable Player Award.
2007-08: Skated in all 38 games during his freshman season. Tallied seven goals and a team-high 21 assists for 28 points. Third in ECAC Hockey in points among freshmen. Ranked ninth in league for assists. Named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team and School’s Male Freshman Athlete of the Year.
Early Career: Prior to his time at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he attended and played for the Academy of Holy Angels for four years with fellow Blues prospect Jay Barriball. 2004-05 team won Minnesota State Championship.