U.S. hockey GM to miss Olympics after gruesome facial injury

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U.S. Hockey's general manager, David Poile, will not travel with the team to Russia - and will miss the Olympics as he recovers from facial surgery.

Ray Shero confirmed the news today, adding that he will take over the role while the team is in Sochi.

The move comes after Poile was struck in the face by a rogue puck during the Nashville Predators' pregame skate last Thursday in Minnesota.

The injury required immediate surgery and, although Poile has returned to Nashville to continue his recovery, he has not been cleared to travel in time to see his Team USA battle for Olympic Gold.

While the incident, and circumstances are unfortunate, Shero admitted that the role of the GM is largely complete - selecting the Olympic roster being their major duty.

The coach of the U.S. team, Dan Bylsma, also expressed his disappointment for Poile who has a long association with the national hockey team.

Poile had previously served as U.S hockey GM in both between 1998-1999.

The Men's Olympic hockey event is due to begin on Wednesday February 12, with the U.S. taking to the ice the following day against Slovakia.

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