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Poile Collects 1,320th Victory to Become Winningest GM in NHL History

David Poile Collects 1,320th Career Win, Most in 100-Year History of NHL

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

David Poile is now the winningest general manager in the 100-year history of the National Hockey League.

Nashville's 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night gave Poile - the only GM the Predators have ever known in their 20-year history - his 1,320th career victory as an NHL general manager, surpassing Glen Sather for the all-time mark.

Starting his career as a general manager with the Washington Capitals in 1982, Poile has amassed a record of 1,320-1,028-145 (192 ties) in 2,684 games over 36 seasons with the Predators and Capitals. He is 725-574-145 (70 ties) in 1,504 games with Nashville and was 594-454-132 (ties) in 15 seasons with Washington from 1982-97.

The winner of the NHL's 2017 General Manager of the Year Award, Poile has been a finalist for the honor four different times since the award's inception in 2010, the most of any NHL GM.

Poile began his career in hockey management in 1972 as an administrative assistant with the Atlanta Flames. He then became an assistant general manager with the Flames, staying on staff as they moved to Calgary in 1980. Poile then took the GM job in Washington in 1982, before building the Predators from scratch starting in 1997, a position he still holds today.

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Here's what some of the Preds had to say on their general manager's accomplishment:

Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette: "To see how detailed he is and how prepared he is, it's no surprise that he's the winningest general manager in the National Hockey League. When you're talking about being the best at your job over 100 years of history, that's pretty amazing… He's really good at what he does. I think it's his communication skills to ownership, to the people in the office, to the players, to the coaches, he's just so well respected throughout our organization and works incredibly hard at his job and he's very good at it… His work ethic and the way he communicates and deals with people, it's first class all the way. Always."

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban: "He's just first class. When you look at someone like that who is going to be the winningest GM of all time in NHL history, it says a lot about him. I just think that as a person, he's done such a great job of putting together an organization full of great people. It's important to have good hockey people, but I think the most important thing is to have good people and they have great people in this organization… David has done a great job of putting together a great hockey environment, and any new guys that come to this team understand how great this environment is. It's an easy place to work and to come and give your all every day, and you go home just as excited to come back and do your job again the next day."

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne: "Well first of all, it's an unbelievable feat. I just want to say congrats to him. That's unbelievable. I think it says a lot about him as a man… I've been fortunate enough to have him as my GM all my career, and I've always had a really good relationship with him. I feel like he treats players really well."

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