Preds GM in hospital after getting hit by puck; announcer has heart attack
FEB 06, 2014 5:30p ET
Nashville general manager David Poile, who is also the GM of the U.S. Olympic hockey team for the upcoming Sochi Games (next week), was hit in the head by an errant puck during the Predators' Thursday skate at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. and taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
According to the Predators, Poile will remain in the hospital overnight for "observation and evaluation."
According to Twitter posts by Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Poile was treated by paramedics and members of the Wild's training staff in the Predators' locker room.
Poile was hit while standing in the tunnel leading from the visiting locker room to the bench. It's common for visiting coaches, media, general managers and even fans to attend game-day skates. An on-ice practice pass apparently deflected off a stick blade and subsequently struck Poile on the head.
Poile, who turns 64 next Friday, is the third-longest tenured general manager in NHL history. He has spent 31 consecutive years at the helm of a league franchise -- 15 with Washington and the past 16 years with the Predators.
Poile is the only general manager in Nashville history.
Capping a surreal day for the franchise, Predators play-by-play TV broadcaster Pete Weber has suffered a heart attack and is getting treatment at a Minn. hospital (believed to be the same one housing Poile).
The club has issued statement on Weber.
"(Weber) underwent a successful heart procedure this morning in a St. Paul, Minn. hospital," the statement said. "He is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital recovering for the next couple days before returning to Nashville."
According to the team, Weber will miss at least two games -- Thursday (vs. the Minnesota Wild) and Saturday (vs. Anaheim Ducks).
Weber tweeted out the following message, "Thanks to all for your wishes! Resting comfortably in St Paul, close to Tom Reid's bar!"
Predators radio play-by-play broadcaster Willy Daunic was slated to call Thursday's game in Weber's absence, along with analyst Terry Crisp on the Fox Sports Tennessee broadcasts. The Predators called up play-by-play broadcaster Aaron Sims from their top minor-league affiliate in Milwaukee to join analyst Stu Grimson on the radio.
"The Predators and Predators' fans wish Pete a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to play-by-play duties when fully recovered," the statement concluded.
Weber's bio in the team media guide notes he had never missed a Predators broadcast assignment in 16 years with the club, calling 1,114 regular-season games (entering the 2013-14 season), along with 56 playoff outings.
Weber also called radio and TV games for the Los Angeles Kings from 1978-1981. He also handled radio play-by-play duties with the Buffalo Sabres (1995-97).