More often than not you hear about players being injured. But not this time; Nashville Predators GM David Poile is in the hospital. Poile was hit in the face Thursday by a deflected puck during the Predators’ morning skate. Poile is also the GM for USA Hockey; due to the injury he has delayed his trip to Sochi.
NHL.com has a report out stating that Poile has undergone two successful surgeries; one on his nose and the second around his eye. His status for returning to Nashville is still unclear.
He is resting and recovering and will remain in the hospital for further observation. His return to Nashville is yet to be determined and is pending doctors’ evaluation and recommendation. At this point he will not travel to Sochi as originally planned with Team USA on Sunday but he does look forward to joining Team USA during the Olympics.
USA Hockey first takes the ice on February 13th. But, given Poile’s injuries I would be surprised if he is able to make it to the Olympic by then. The US team may need to make the medal round if they want their GM to be in attendance. While this is Poile’s first time as the GM of USA Hockey he has run NHL teams for years. Foxsports.com had this information on Poile.
Poile, who turns 64, next Friday, is the third-longest tenured general manager in NHL history. He has spent 31 consecutive years at the helm of a league franchise — 15 with Washington and the past 16 years with the Predators.
It seems that the injury bug travels all the way to front offices now days. If all goes well for USA Hockey, and the Predators Poile is able to resume his day-to-day life soon.