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Poile remains in hospital, delays trip to Sochi

by Staff

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile is recovering from surgical procedures in his nose and eye areas Friday in a Minnesota hospital and his travel to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympics has been delayed.

Poile was hit in the face Thursday by a deflected puck during the Predators' morning skate at Xcel Energy Center and was taken to an area hospital.

Poile also is the general manager for the United States Olympic team and was scheduled to travel with other NHL Olympians to Russia on Sunday. In a statement released by the Predators, Poile still hopes to join the team in Sochi.

"Predators General Manager David Poile underwent two successful surgical procedures in the nose and eye areas and received stitches to repair a facial laceration suffered [Thursday] when hit by an errant puck during the Predators' morning skate at Xcel Energy Center," the Predators announced in a press release. "He is resting and recovering and will remain in the hospital for further observation. His return to Nashville is yet to be determined and is pending doctors' evaluation and recommendation. 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.

"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."

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