US Olympic hockey GM David Poile expected to delay his trip to Sochi after undergoing surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – U.S. Olympic hockey general manager David Poile is expected to delay his scheduled trip to the Sochi Games this weekend as he recovers from two surgical procedures after getting hit in the face with an errant puck.

Polle is also the Predators GM and the Nashville team issued a statement Friday saying that “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.”

The Predators said Poile underwent surgery to the nose and eye areas and received stitches to repair a cut on his face. He remains in a Minnesota hospital undergoing further observation

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Poile was at a Predators morning skate Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul when he was hit with a puck. Predators coach Barry Trotz said Thursday night that Protz was hit above the eye.

“It was a hard, rocket pass that skipped and hit him pretty flush, so we hope everything is fine there,” Trotz said.

The Predators said a date for Poile’s return to Nashville hasn’t been determined and is pending a doctor’s evaluation and recommendation. The Predators also said that “David and his family appreciate the inquiries and well-wishes received, but there will be no further comment at this time and they appreciate everyone respecting their privacy.”