Sochi 2014: A stroke of bad puck for men’s US hockey manager

Sochi 2014: Ouch! US men's hockey manager hit in face by stray puck at Nashville Predators' training

By Sportsbeat
On the mend: David Poile

A freak accident will force the men’s US hockey team to travel to Sochi without their general manager tomorrow, as he was struck by a puck causing a serious facial injury.

David Poile, who is also general manager of NHL team the Nashville Predators, suffered a fractured eye socket on Thursday and went to hospital where he received stitches and surgery.

Poile was standing in the hallway of the arena, away from the rink, when he was hit by a puck that had skipped off of the ice during his NHL’s team training session.

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

Nashville Predators spokesperson

It is not yet clear if he will be able to make it to Sochi, as he awaits further instructions from medical staff at the hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

A Nashville Predators spokesperson said: “David Poile underwent two successful surgical procedures in the nose and eye areas and received stitches to repair a facial laceration suffered when hit by an errant puck.

“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.”

The US hockey team are currently placed fourth in the betting at 7-1 to claim gold in Sochi, as they look to improve on their silver medal finish last time in Vancouver.

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