David Poile spent many months helping put together the US Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team as general manager. However, when the team departs for Sochi, Poile will most likely not be.
The Nashville Predators general manager is currently in a Twin Cities-area hospital after undergoing two successful surgeries to his nose and eye areas after he was hit with a puck during the Preds' morning skate at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Thursday. He also received stitches to repair a facial laceration.
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[Poile] 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.
Talk about bad timing. At least at this point it sounds as though he will be able to make the trip, but obviously he would probably like to be there for all the different duties Team USA's management team will have to execute before the games begin.
Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Poile needed a lot of patchwork, the worst of which coming due to an eye socket fracture.
Nashville and Team USA GM David Poile still in surgery as of 20 minutes ago. He's going to need 30-40 stitches. It's an eye socket fracture.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) February 6, 2014
It was such a freak accident, too, as Poile was in a hallway away from the ice surface when he was hit with a puck that ricocheted off the boards, per reports. It ended up hitting him in the face and the results obviously were pretty severe.
This is certainly not an ideal situation for Poile or for Team USA, but they should be in good hands with assistant general manager Ray Shero and director of player personnel Brian Burke in leadership roles still. And, since it's the year 2014, Poile probably will be able to remain in close contact until he gets there.