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U.S. GM Poile lost vision in right eye after getting hit by puck

Feb 20, 2014, 2:18 PM EDT

The injuries sustained from a puck to the face over two weeks ago have left Nashville and Team USA GM David Poile without vision in his right eye.

“I’m not trying to be a hero or anything else,” Poile said, per the Nashville Post. “This is not a good situation. It is difficult but I have to – and want to – move on. … There’s different adjustments that [I’m] going to have to make but there’s lots of people that have lost an eye and they’re operating very well and I have to be one of them.”

Here’s Polie’s first public interview since suffering a fractured nose and orbital bone at the Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 6:

“The eye was opened up. I needed stitches in the eye,” Poile said. “There’s obviously damage in there that I’ve probably heard but haven’t totally listened to as they gave me the details. All I know is that there is substantial damage such that I don’t have any sight today and they’re holding out hope that something might change as the eye heals and improves.”

Poile was struck by deflected Shea Weber pass during the Predators’ morning skate at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 6, resulting in a fractured orbital bone and nose. He underwent a pair of surgeries in Minnesota — which ruled out traveling to Sochi — and has subsequently undergone a third procedure (eye-related) to allow for further evaluation of his injury.

“I sort of knew at the beginning – I got hit and it kind of felt wrong,” he explained. “When I was in Minneapolis they did the operations and said, ‘We’re going to have to send you to Nashville to a specialist.’

“You knew that there was something and, of course, I’ve never been able to see out of it since then.”

  1. gtthom86 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    OUCH man…ouch. i think i’d rather tear up a knee than take a shot to the eye like that

  2. Iain - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    That sounds incredibly nasty. Ow.

  3. hardkor07mn - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    That is just horrible luck! Hope you get well soon!

  4. sjsharks66 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Hope his eye heals up quickly. Very scary situation. Glad he is staying optimistic about it.

  5. esracerx46 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I’d trade Weber out of spite. Damn! And guys still won’t wear a visor after this.

    On a side not: any word on how Pete Weber is?

    • gtthom86 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      lol, trade him out of spite to my favorite team please. guy is a beast! if that what an errant pass of his could do…holy crap!

  6. reasonableperson1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Horrible to hear. How do players not wear visors knowing this could occur?

  7. joey4id - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    This sucks really bad. So sorry to hear about this. Poile is a class dude with lots of guts. Best of luck to him as he adjusts to this very unfortunate turn of events. Hope he maintains his positive outlook and serves as an inspiration to others. When I was a kid we had a goalie on our team who only had one eye. It was an amazing display of courage and perseverance. I can only wish the same to Mr. Poile.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      my coach when i was a kid only had one eye. he played goalie too. he lost it playing stickball with a sparkplug instead of a baseball when he was a kid…he had a rough life growing up i guess…another kid hit the sparkplug right into his eye. pretty crazy dude, he was a decent goalie for only having one eye. he used to buy us beer when we were in our teens. no joke, we called him “the one”.

      • mcphillthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        If that is a true story then that man is a beast and I want to buy him a beer!

  8. Idaslapter - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    As we say in Nashville, give the puck to Shea and get out of the way! Good luck, Mr. Poile.

  9. jpelle82 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    he’s lost an eye at 64 yrs old and can perform his job without it, big difference from a 25 yr old player who cant. visors should be a no brainer but i still respect the right for a player to choose if they want to be stupid it should still be up to them in my opinion.

    • anthj99 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      People shouldn’t be allowed to decide for themselves. We need politicians to protect ourselves from ourselves and then find a way to charge administrative fees and taxes for administering that protection to us.

  10. Entertainment Vault - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Oh, that’s horrible!

  11. r8rbhawk - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Here’s hoping he can “see” his team USA win gold.

  12. chanceoffleury - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Weber must feel so unbelievably bad. He can be a brutal SOB on the ice, but he seems like a pretty nice, well-rounded guy off it. It’s his natural Canadian duty to be overly sympathetic, but I hope alls well that ends well so he doesn’t feel guilty any time he looks at Poile. I feel bad when I turn around and bump my boss whenever we’re both trying to heat up our leftovers for lunch in our tight office kitchen. Terrible doesn’t even describe how I’d feel if I was the initial cause of them losing their sight.

  13. colby7 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I didn’t realize it was a Weber slapper, he is lucky to be alive.

  14. canadiancat2014 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    My husband lost an eye a few years ago, also with a freak accident. I feel for this man, he has a long road ahead. The biggest hurdle my husband faced was regaining his balance because your depth perception is gone. He often told me he would have rather of lost his arm or leg. He played Junior A Hockey at the time of the accident (as a goalie) and went back to playing (lower level) and now plays golf. I wish him all the best!

  15. w3bstur - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    Lets all hope his eye heals correctly and his vision comes back. I sure hope so

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