Former Colorado College standout Scott Polaski was ready to quit playing hockey a year ago, but he wasn’t ready to turn his back on the sport he loves.
Polaski, one of the Tigers’ assistant captains for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, ended a successful pro career in the CHL’s Colorado Eagles last summer, soon joining Northwestern Mutual of Denver to work as a financial representative.
He took time off from his day job Thursday to teach some skating drills to the high school players at this week’s Local Legends camp at the Sertich Ice Center.
Here are a few questions Scott took the time to answer:
Why did you decide to retire?
It was time to move on. I was still fairly healthy but I knew I wasn’t playing to play in the NHL anymore.
What attracted you to your current job?
I spent a lot of time interviewing with companies trying to find the best situation. I was not sure what I wanted to do after hockey. I wanted to see the differences. I needed the kind of job (flexible hours) that I could transition into after the professional hockey lifestyle. I didn’t want the structure of a 9-to-5 job.
Do you work at a lot of camps?
I do as a volunteer, yes. When I was playing I had my own hockey school and traveled all over the world to teach. I grew up in Colorado Springs so I would love to have some sort of impact with these kids, if possible. It’s a good opportunity for me.
Do you get down to Colorado Springs often?
I work down in Colorado Springs at least once very two weeks. I have (clients) down here and my parents have lived her for the past 40 years.