Puck to face leaves David Poile with no sight in right eye - WKRN News 2

Puck to face leaves David Poile with no sight in right eye

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The general manager of Nashville's National Hockey League team spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about the loss of sight in one eye injury caused by a puck earlier this month.

"It was a seeing-eye puck," said David Poile with a slight laugh as he spoke with reporters outside the Nashville Predators locker room. "There were three of four people that were sort of in front of me, and to the side of me and not that I wanted them to get hit, but I thought there could be come interference along the way."

"I was clearly at the wrong place at the wrong time. I don't like going on the bench. I hardly ever go on the bench," Poile said with a shake of the head. "I sort of always stayed out in the hallway because of situations like that."

While trying to stay light in what he termed a "hard" and "challenging" situation, Poile somberly detailed the freak injury that occurred earlier this month when he was struck by a puck while watching the Predators practice before a game in Minnesota.

"The down thing to this whole thing, is unfortunately, the right eye," the general manager told reporters. "At this time I have no sight in my right eye, the doctors are still holding hope that in time there will be some sight there."

He also described for the first time the depth of the injuries caused by the puck.

"The nose cast is going to come off soon, I fractured my nose in three different places, the orbital bone was broken above and below the eye, and 40 stitches above the eye. They have done a fabulous job there," said Poile, who also said he had several stitches in his eye.

"Yes," he laughed when asked if he was still in any pain. "I can still feel the puck on my forehead actually."

While saying "it's disappointing" to missing the Winter Olympics where he was general manager of the USA hockey team, Poile seemed ready to accept that the loss of sight in his right eye may not be temporary.

"There are just different adjustments that you are going to have to make and there are lots of people who have lost an eye and I have to be one of them," said Poile as he ended his brief news conference.

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