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U.S. Olympic Hockey GM Hospitalized after Hit with Puck While in Minn.

Updated: 02/06/2014 6:29 PM
Created: 02/06/2014 12:45 PM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

The General Manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is hospitalized after being hit in the head with a hockey puck while in Minnesota.

David Poile, who is also the Nashville Predators’ General Manager, was hit in the head while watching the Predators’ pre-game skate on Thursday, the team said. He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he will remain overnight.

The wife of one of the Predators coaches told KSTP Poile was in surgery as of Thursday afternoon. He suffered a fractured orbital bone, which is a bone around the eye, and there is concern about the future of the eye. She also said Poile's son Brian is flying to the Twin Cities from Nashville.

According to reports, Poile was standing in a tunnel watching the skate when he was hit. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune said via Twitter that Poile was hit above the eye and had a bloody nose, but was able to walk himself to a stretcher. Russo said Nashville players were passing by the boards near the bench and a pass ricocheted off a skate into Poile's face.

The Predators are in Minnesota Thursday to take on the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Predator's television play-by-play broadcaster Pete Weber was also in the hospital Thursday morning for a heart procedure. He will miss the game as well.

Nashville Predators' GM David Poile
Photo: Courtesy of predators.nhl.com

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