Found February 10, 2014 on Fox Sports Tennessee:
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile, who doubles as the general manager of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team, will not travel to the Sochi Games because of injuries suffered when he was struck in the head by a puck last week, USA Hockey announced on Monday. The Predators confirmed the news. USA Hockey coaches and executives in Sochi discussed the subject after a team practice. USA coach Dan Bylsma, the coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, characterized it as a "huge disappointment" that Poile would not be able to join the team, according to a Chicago Sun-Times tweet (Mark Lazerus). While attending the Predators' morning skate at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. last Thursday, Poile was hit by an errant puck. He required stitches for lacerations and two surgical procedures on his face (orbital bone/nose). According to The Tennessean, Poile has since returned to Nashville. Poile, who turns 64 on 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. He is the only general manager in Nashville history.
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