Nashville Predators general manager David Poile has taken another step forward in the recovery process from a facial injury he suffered on February 6th.
Nearly two weeks ago, Poile was watching a Predators morning skate prior to his team’s game against the Minnesota Wild when he was struck in the head by an errant puck.
The franchise’s life-long GM was hospitalized after the injury and underwent two surgeries at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Currently also serving as the United States Olympic men’s hockey team GM, the fractures Poile suffered to his nose and orbital bone prevented him from joining Team USA in Sochi, Russia.
The Predators revealed today that Poile underwent a third procedure at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville on February 14th, in an effort to further evaluate the injury.
“I know that I have a challenging road ahead, but am going to embrace the challenge and am eager to get back to work,” said Poile. “Thanks to all those in Nashville and throughout the hockey community who have reached out to offer support and encouragement. It has been uplifting and most appreciated. I’m looking forward to watching USA’s quest for the gold medal in Sochi and the Predators resuming the playoff race.”
Poile is expected to return to the Predators office sometime this week. The GM will continue to wear a patch over his injured eye while the slow recovery process continues.
The United States men’s hockey team takes on the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 11 a.m. (CST).
Predators players not participating in the Winter Games will return to practice later tomorrow at Centennial Sportsplex at 2 p.m. (CST); the practice is open to the public.