Predators GM David Poile To Be Enshrined Into U.S. Hockey HOF
Predators GM & President of Hockey Operations DAVID POILE will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey HOF this year, and the enshrinement "comes on the heels of a season in which he became the NHL's all-time winningest GM with 1,333 career victories over 36 seasons," according to Mike Organ of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Poile has been in his current role since the Predators' inception in '98 and is the "longest-tenured GM in the NHL." Poile before joining the Predators spent 15 years as Capitals GM, and the team "made the playoffs 14 times" under his watch. He is the NHL's "only GM to record more than 500 victories with two teams." Poile in '14 also "served as GM of the U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team" and was Associate GM for the Silver Medal-winning U.S. team at the '10 Vancouver Games. The other U.S. Hockey HOF Class of '18 inductees are former Univ. of Michigan coach RED BERENSON; three-time Olympic medalist and former captain of the U.S. women's national team NATALIE DARWITZ; former NHLer LELAND HARRINGTON, the "first American-developed player to record a hat trick in the NHL;" and former NHLer and ref PAUL STEWART, the "first American to referee more than 1,000 NHL regular-season games." The induction ceremony will take place on Dec. 12 in Nashville (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/10).