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David Poile taken to hospital after Preds GM hit by puck at skate

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Poile has been the GM of the Predators since the team's inception. (Getty Images)
Poile has been the GM of the Predators since the team's inception. (Getty Images)

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Nashville Predators and Team USA general manager David Poile was taken to a Minnesota hospital on Thursday after he was hit with a puck at the team's morning skate.

Minnesota wild beatwriter Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune was on the scene.

Yikes, that sounds scary, and awfully unlucky. That puck must have had eyes to find Poile in a spot like that.

It doesn't sound like he escaped some rough treatment, either. According to Pioneer Press writer Chad Graff, Poile was having a lot of work done, none of which sounds very pleasant.

In addition to that, Graff said there is some concern that Poile will miss the flight to Sochi with the rest of the American staff. So go ahead, Americans, blame Canadian defenseman Shea Weber for taking the opening shot in the USA-Canada hockey rivalry for the Olympics.

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