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Former Capitals, Current Team USA General Manager’s Trip to Sochi on Hold After Puck to the Face

By Matthew Stabley
|  Saturday, Feb 8, 2014  |  Updated 8:40 AM EDT
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U.S. men's hockey General Manager David Poile (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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The Washington Capitals’ one-time, longtime general manager won’t be making the trip to Sochi in the same role with the U.S. men’s hockey team Sunday.

Current Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile still intends to make it to the Olympics, but his trip will be delayed after he took a puck to the face during his NHL team’s practice Thursday.

According to the Predators, Poile underwent two successful surgeries in the nose and eye areas and received stitches to repair a cut on his face. He is in the hospital for observation. When he will be able to join Team USA in Russia is unknown.

Before joining the Predators, Poile served as general manager from 1982 to 1997. During that span the Capitals missed the Stanley Cup playoffs just one season.

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