Poile expected to delay trip to Sochi

Updated: February 7, 2014, 6:39 PM ET
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Nashville Predators general manager David Poile underwent successful surgeries in the nose and eye areas after being struck in the face with a puck during the Predators' morning skate in Minnesota.

Poile is also the GM of the United States men's Olympic hockey team. The Nashville team issued a statement Friday saying that "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 Predators said Poile also received stitches to repair a cut on his face and remains in a Minnesota hospital undergoing further observation.

"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," the team said in the release.

Poile was at a Predators morning skate Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul when he was hit with a puck. Predators coach Barry Trotz said Thursday night that Protz was hit above the eye.

"It was a hard, rocket pass that skipped and hit him pretty flush, so we hope everything is fine there," Trotz said.

The Predators said a date for Poile's return to Nashville hasn't been determined and is pending a doctor's evaluation and recommendation. The Predators also said that "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.''

ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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