Following the incident yesterday in which David Poile was hospitalized after being hit in the face with a puck, the Nashville Predators have provided an update on his condition.
The team's statement reads as follows:
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.
UPDATE: Interestingly, the following was posted about half an hour after the statement was released, by Chad Graff, Minnesota Wild beat writer for the Pioneer Press:
Talked with a few people about David Poile's status. It's worsened since last night. He doesn't want much information out though.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) February 7, 2014
In case you haven't already, please consider dropping a comment over on our Virtual Get Well Card for both he and Pete Weber.