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Preds GM David Poile To Miss Sochi Olympics

Preds GM David Poile To Miss Sochi Olympics

CREATED Feb 10, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – David Poile, the General Manager of the Nashville Predators and Team USA, will not travel to Russia for the Sochi Olympics after being struck in the face by a puck.

Poile made the announcement Monday afternoon. Originally, he was expected to delay his scheduled trip to this year's Winter Olympic Games but decided not to travel while recovering from a head injury he sustained last week.

On February 6, Poile was struck in the face when a puck ricocheted off the blade of a stick. He was actually in the hallway when the incident happened, and not even on the ice or the bench. He later underwent surgery to the nose and eye areas and received stitches to repair a cut on his face.

Poile released this statement and said his doctors advised him not to go:

"Serving as GM of the U.S. Olympic Team has been the opportunity of a lifetime and I am forever grateful to USA Hockey. Team USA is in great hands and I will be there in spirit." 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)