The NHL's all-time winningest general manager has been honored in the city where his run began.
Predators GM David Poile was inducted into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 class on Sunday afternoon in Washington, one of 10 sports legends to join the hall this year.
Prior to becoming the only general manager the Predators have ever known, Poile had a 15-year tenure as GM of the Washington Capitals, establishing himself as one of the top managers in the League.
From the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame: "[Poile] transformed the team from also-rans to contenders. His strategic trades, shrewd draft picks and strong leadership saved the franchise from relocating, and renewed Washington-area fans' interest in hockey. He led the Capitals to the first playoff appearance in their ninth season and to the postseason for 14 consecutive years."
Formed in 1980, the DC Sports Hall of Fame elects those who have made a significant contribution to the Washington DC sports scene on and off the field, court and ice. Poile's name will be added to a banner that hangs at Nationals Park in Washington as part of the commemoration.
Former Capitals all-star Peter Bondra was also among the 2018 inductees, as well as basketball greats Len Bias, Grant Hill and Walt Williams.
Poile collected his 1,320th victory this past season in a 4-2 Predators' win in Edmonton on March 1. 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 executive 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.