The Nashville Predators issued the following medical update on General Manager David Poile, who was struck by an errant puck during the Predators morning skate at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 6. He originally underwent two surgeries in Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., that afternoon before returning to his Nashville home on Feb. 9.
David underwent an eye-related procedure at Vanderbilt Medical Center on Friday, Feb. 14, designed to allow for further evaluation of his injury. He originally suffered a fractured orbital bone and fractures in his nose. He is wearing and will continue to wear a patch over his injured eye while remaining under observation as the medical team continues to assess his recovery.
David is expected to return to his Nashville Predators office this week. He remains in regular contact with Ray Shero and USA Hockey during the ongoing 2014 Winter Olympics in his capacity as General Manager of the team and he will resume office work overseeing Predators Hockey Operations as the team returns to the ice this Wednesday for practice in preparation for the 2013-14 stretch run.
“I know that I have a challenging road ahead, but am going to embrace the challenge and am eager to get back to work,” Poile said. “Thank you, in particular to the medical teams at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., and Vanderbilt Medical Center here in Nashville for the outstanding care and attention I have received and continue to receive. Thanks also to all those in Nashville and throughout the hockey community who have reached out to offer support and encouragement. It has been uplifting and most appreciated. I’m looking forward to watching USA’s quest for the Gold Medal in Sochi and the Predators resuming the playoff race.”
There is no specific timetable for David’s recovery and any further medical updates will be shared as progress warrants.