Predators general manager to lead U.S. Olympic effort in 2014

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:27pm
Staff reports

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations David Poile was named general manager for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Hockey team, USA Hockey announced Friday.

In that role he will reunite with former assistant general manager Ray Shero, now the Pittsburgh Penguins GM. Shero was named associate general manager and long-time NHL executive Brian Burke was named director of player personnel.

The trio will be formally introduced at a Saturday press conference in New York.

"Being chosen for this position is a tremendous honor,” Poile said in a release from USA Hockey. “When you get to represent your country, it's a special feeling. I look forward to working with our management team in fulfilling our ultimate goal of bringing home the gold medal."

Poile has a long association with the national program.

He was associate general manager for the 2010 Olympic Team, which won the silver medal, as well as the 2009 and 2010 World Championships teams. He was general manager for Team USA’s efforts at the 1998 and 1999 World Championships.

He is a three-time finalist for the NHL general manager of the year award (2010-12) and a 2001 recipient of the Lester Patrick Award, which recognizes contributions to hockey in the United States.

“We couldn't be more pleased than to have David as our general manager,” Ron DeGregorio president of USA Hockey said. “He continues to have a remarkable management career in the National Hockey League and the vast experience and expertise he brings to the table will serve us well in our goal to bring the gold medal back to the United States."

Shero worked with Poile beginning in the inaugural season, 1998, through 2006, and won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009. Last week he was named the 2013 NHL general manager of the year.

"It's a real honor to be involved," Shero said. "I look forward to the journey ahead and know that while we have a challenge in front of us, it's a challenge we all look forward to."