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Predators announce organizational changes

by Press Release / Nashville Predators
- Lang named President of Business Operations, Poile named President of Hockey Operations -

Nashville, TN  (December 11, 2007)—The Nashville Predators, under new ownership led by Chairman David Freeman, today introduced Ed Lang as the organization’s President of Business Operations and David Poile as President of Hockey Operations/General Manager, it was announced during an afternoon press conference.
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“Ed was the obvious choice and the only candidate considered,” said Freeman. “He is extremely well-respected within our business community. He brings a great combination of intelligence and integrity to the President’s office. Not only does Ed have 10 years of executive-level NHL experience, he understands our community and will help this franchise accelerate our efforts to attract more fans and more support.”
Ed Lang

In his new role, Lang, who has been with the franchise since its inception, will oversee all aspects of the Predators operations outside of hockey and including Sommet Center operations. He will be responsible for the franchise’s business operations, which include ticket operations and sales, sponsorship sales, broadcasting, marketing, communications and development, administration and finances.

Lang began as the organization’s Vice President/CFO and was named Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO in 2005. In addition to his organizational responsibilities, Lang has been active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Adventure Science Center, Make A Wish Foundation, Predators Foundation and the Downtown Partnership. A Cincinnati native, Lang is a 1985 graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in finance and he earned his MBA from Marquette Univeristy in 1992.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for Johnson Outdoors, a leading global outdoor recreational company.

Prior to joining the Predators, Lang worked for 12 years with S.C. Johnson and Son in Racine, Wisconsin, serving in a variety of business and financial capacities. Lang and his wife, Rita, and sons, Eddie and Andrew, reside in Brentwood.

David Poile
David Poile oversees all aspects of the Predators hockey operations, including player personnel, coaching, scouting, training and medical staffs, administration and finance. One of the most respected general managers in the NHL, Poile was named The Sporting News Hockey Executive of the Year following the 2006-07 season when the Predators amassed a franchise-record 110 points. 

“David Poile is simply the best General Manager in the NHL,” said Freeman. “By adding the title of President of Hockey Operations, we want to send the very clear message to our community, our fans, our players and our staff that David Poile is in complete control of our hockey operations and we intend to continue our playoff streak without interruption.”

Under Poile’s direction, the Predators have totaled 307 points over the last three regular seasons and have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in all three seasons. The current Predators’ roster features Predators draft picks such as David Legwand, Martin Erat, Jordin Tootoo, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Kevin Klein and Alexander Radulov along with free agent acquisitions such as Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont and Radek Bonk.

Always with an eye on both the present and future, Poile has already secured an additional first and second round draft pick in the upcoming 2008 NHL Entry Draft, a draft projected to be strong.

Poile, who received the Lester Patrick Award in 2001 in recognition of contributions to hockey in the United States, has been with the Predators since 1997. Prior to the Predators, he was general manager of the Washington Capitals for 14 years. He is now second only to Glen Sather of the NY Rangers among active GMs in tenure and his overall tenure ranks among the top eight longest in NHL history.

David and his wife Elizabeth live in Nashville.
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