Newark, N.J. – Nashville Predators General Manager/President of Hockey Operations David Poile will lead the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team as its General Manager, USA Hockey announced today.
“It is the honor of a lifetime to serve my country in this capacity,” Poile said. “To not only represent the United States and the sport, but to do it on the highest level of sporting competition, in an event that brings the world together, is a dream come true.”
This is Poile’s second time serving in a management role at the Olympics; he was the associate general manager for the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team in Vancouver. He was a member of the U.S. National Team Advisory Group for the 2013 World Championships squad that earned is first medal (bronze) since 2004 after serving in a similar role in 2012. Poile was also associate GM for the U.S.’s entries at the World Championships in 2009 and 2010, and was general manager at the 1998 and 1999 Worlds. In 2001, Poile was a recipient of the Lester Patrick Award in recognition of contributions to hockey in the United States.
Poile has been a top voice in the National Hockey League for 31 years (15 with Washington, 16 with Nashville), tied for the third longest tenure in NHL history, and second in consecutive active seasons as a GM to the New York Rangers’ Glen Sather (33 years). He is the only general manager in NHL history to be at the helm of two different clubs for 1,000 games and 500 victories, attaining both marks in 2011-12. First the 1,000-game mark on Nov. 12, 2011, then the 500-win plateau on March 30, 2012. He is currently ranked second all-time in games (2,294) by a general manager and third in wins (1,113).
The only man to be a finalist for the General Manager of the Year Award for each of its first three years of the award’s existence (2010, 2011 and 2012), Poile serves on the NHL’s Competition Committee, the steering body that formulates and recommends rule changes for approval by the NHL Board of Governors.
Under Poile’s direction, the Predators have been one of the top teams in the NHL since evolving from an expansion team in the early 2000s, to a bona fide contender. Since the start of 2005-06, Nashville’s 336 wins ranks sixth-best in the league, while 192 home victories puts them fourth in the NHL.