Chase Polacek Named ECAC Hockey Player of Year
Rensselaer student-athlete Chase Polacek has been named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, the league has announced. Polacek joins Marc Cavosie (2001-02) and Bob Brinkworth (1962-63, 1963-64) as Rensselaer’s Player of the Year recipients.
Polacek, a junior forward from Edina, Minn., played in all 39 games this season, tallying 26 goals and 26 assists for 52 points. He had 13 power play goals, two shorthanded goals, and 40 penalty minutes. He currently ranks second in the nation in power play goals, third in goals and points, seventh in goals per game (0.67) and points per game (1.33), and ninth in shorthanded goals (2).
In 22 ECAC Hockey games, Polacek recorded 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. Six of his markers came on the power play and two were shorthanded. He was first in points, points per game (1.59), power play points (15), shorthanded goals, and shorthanded points (5). The Academy of Holy Angels graduate was also third in goals, assists, goals per game (0.77) and assists per game (0.82) and fourth in power play goals.
During the course of the season, Polacek had a 14-game point streak and five streaks of two points or more. He also compiled a six-game goal scoring streak and had a five-game assist streak. He was held without a point no longer than two straight games.
He had 14 points in nine games against teams that were nationally ranked at the time, including three three-point games and a two-point effort.
In 116 career games, Polacek has 44 goals and 68 assists for 112 points. He had 28 points (7 goals, 21 assists) in 38 games as a freshman and 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) as a sophomore. He led the team in goals, assists and points in 2008-09, earning the team’s Most Valuable Player Award, and assists in his first season. He was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team and Rensselaer’s Male Freshman Athlete of the Year in 2007-08.
While at Holy Angels, where he was a teammate of current Rensselaer student-athlete Bryan Brutlag, Polacek had 26 goals with 38 assists for 64 points in 28 games as a senior captain in 2006-07. He won numerous team and league awards and the team won the Missota Conference all four years. It also captured the state title in 2004-05.