It’s been a very tough day off the ice for the Nashville Predators. G.M. David Poile was struck puck today during the morning skate, according to this TSN article. David Poile was on the ice when he got hit by a deflected puck and was taken to the hospital as a precaution where he will remain overnight.
Nashville released this brief statement about the incident:
Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile was taken to a St. Paul, Minn., hospital today after being struck by an errant puck during the team’s morning skate at Xcel Energy Center. He will remain in the hospital overnight for observation and evaluation, and further information will be released as it becomes available.
Nashville and Team USA GM David Poile still in surgery as of 20 minutes ago. He’s going to need 30-40 stitches. It’s an eye socket fracture.
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) February 6, 2014
In an unrelated story, Nashville’s TV play-by-play man Pete Weber, one of the NHL’s best and most underrated broadcasters, suffered an apparent heart attack this morning and is recovering at a hospital. He underwent a successful heart procedure but will miss at least tonight’s game at Minnesota and Saturday’s game vs. Anaheim.
Weber told the Nashville Post via text message that, he is comfortable and out of danger.
Thanks to all for your wishes! Resting comfortably in St Paul, close to Tom Reid’s bar!
— Pete Weber (@PeteWeberSports) February 6, 2014
Milwaukee Admirals play-by-play broadcaster Aaron Sims will step in on radio for the Predators, joining analyst Stu Grimson on the radio call tonight on 102.5 The Game.
Here is wishing both men fast and full recoveries.
UPDATE on Poile from the Nashville Predators:
Predators General Manager David Poile underwent two successful surgical procedures in the nose and eye areas and received stitches to repair a facial laceration suffered yesterday when hit by an errant puck during the Predators’ morning skate at Xcel Energy Center. He is resting and recovering and will remain in the hospital for further observation. His return to Nashville is yet to be determined and is pending doctors’ evaluation and recommendation. At this point, he will not travel to Sochi as originally planned with Team USA on Sunday, but he does look forward to joining Team USA during the Olympics.
David and his family appreciate the inquiries and well wishes received, but there will be no further comment at this time and they appreciate everyone respecting their privacy.