David Pollak

My Team Canada - David Pollak (HC Insider) : 06/16/2009

David Pollak is a business executive by day and referee by night. While holding down his day job at DHL Global Forwarding in performance management, he keeps his passion for hockey alive by moonlighting as a referee in the Greater Toronto Hockey League during the evenings and weekends. Pollak’s love for the game goes a long way back to his childhood where like many Canadian kids, he played organized hockey with his friends in the neighbourhood rink. Years later, he even returned to the same league as a father to coach his son and develop a comprehensive referee program.

Forwards Defense
  • Jeff Carter
  • Sidney Crosby
  • Shane Doan
  • Ryan Getzlaf
  • Dany Heatley
  • Jerome Iginla
  • Vincent Lecavalier
  • Brenden Morrow
  • Rick Nash
  • Mike Richards
  • Eric Staal
  • Joe Thornton
  • Jonathan Toews
  • Jay Bouwmeester
  • Dan Boyle
  • Mike Green
  • Duncan Keith
  • Dion Phaneuf
  • Robyn Regehr
  • Shea Weber
Goaltenders
  • Martin Brodeur
  • Roberto Luongo
  • Marty Turco

 

Goaltenders: I don’t think there is any argument that Luongo and Brodeur are the consensus 1-2 punch in goal for Canada. Although the third goalie won’t play unless there is an injury, I feel that if this scenario materializes, Canada needs an experienced goalie – someone who could handle the pressure of playing in the Olympics for the home team. Turco is that guy.

Defence: I think Canada’s defence needs a mix of offensive and defensive specialists, and a youthful change from the old guard. With Green, Boyle, and Weber, you have plenty of youth and offence. Keith, Bouwmeester, and Regehr provide the defensive side. Phaneuf, when he is playing well, is a huge physical presence Canada can use.

Forwards: No question that picking the 13 forwards for this team is a huge challenge. There are at least six players who could have been on this list that did not make it. Nevertheless, this group will be very difficult for any country to match. There is a lot of pure offence in Crosby, Nash, Lecavalier, Iginla and the like. As well, with Richards, Morrow, and Toews, you have a group that can be used on a shutdown/energy line to handle the stars of the opposition.

2010 Olympic Winter Games (Men)
Preliminary Round
Feb. 16 CAN 8 - NOR 0
Feb. 18 SUI 2 - CAN 3 (SO)
Feb. 21 CAN 3 - USA 5
Qualification
Feb. 23
CAN 8 - GER 2
Quarter-Final
Feb. 24
CAN 7 - RUS 3
Semifinal
Feb. 26 USA 6 - FIN 1
Feb. 26 CAN 3 - SVK 2
Bronze Medal
Feb. 27
FIN 5 - SVK 3
Gold Medal
Feb. 28 USA 2 - CAN 3 (OT)
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Videos
Photos
2010-11 NST: Morning Skate
Oct 14, 2010
The NST takes to the ice for a morning skate before a three game exhibition series against USA.
2010 PARA: USA 2 - JPN 0 Gold
Mar 20, 2010
United States vs. Japan at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. (Gold)
2010 PARA: NOR 2 - CAN 1 Bronze
Mar 19, 2010
Canada vs. Norway at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. (Bronze)
2010 PARA: CAN 1 - JPN 3
Mar 18, 2010
Canada's National Sledge Team vs. Japan at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
2010 PARA: NOR 0 - CAN 5
Mar 16, 2010
Canada's National Sledge Team vs. Norway at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
2010 PARA: Reception
Mar 15, 2010
Canada's NST attends a reception during the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
2010 PARA: CAN 10 - SWE 1
Mar 14, 2010
Canada's National Sledge Team vs. Sweden at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
2010 PARA: CAN 4 - ITA 0
Mar 13, 2010
Canada's National Sledge Team vs. Italy at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
2010 PARA : Opening Ceremony
Mar 12, 2010
Canada's NST taking part to the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
2010 PARA: Practice
Mar 11, 2010
Canada's NST takes to the ice at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games
2010 PARA: Misc.
Mar 03, 2010
Canada's National Sledge Team Captain, Jean Labonté, takes a run with the Olympic Torch Relay.
2010 OLYW: Flag Raising
Feb 10, 2010
Canada's National Women's Team taking part in the Flag Raising ceremony at the Olympic Village in Vancouver, B.C.
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