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U.S. Olympic GM David Poile hit by puck, taken to hospital

Troubling scene in Minnesota today during the Wild-Predators pregame skate, as Nashville and Team USA Olympic GM David Poile was hit in the face with a puck, and sent to local hospital:

GM David Poile got hit by puck in #preds morning skate; being helped by #preds training staff and #mnwild‘s Don Fuller

— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 6, 2014

Paramedics in #preds locker room; David Poile hit by puck at skate. He walked and sat self on stretcher; black eye, bloody nose, groggy

— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 6, 2014

Poile being taken to local hospital #preds

— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 6, 2014

According to Russo, Poile wasn’t even on the bench at the time of the incident -- he was in the tunnel leading to the bench area, and was struck when an errant Shea Weber pass ricocheted into Poile’s face.

We’ll monitor the situation and provide updates when available. Poile, 63, is set to travel to Sochi with the American team when the NHL Olympic break begins this weekend.