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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