SOCHI, Russia -- In a freak accident Thursday,
He reportedly will not accompany the team on its charter flight to Russia, which is scheduled to depart on Sunday, but might travel to Sochi sometime next week.
Poile completed his main job of overseeing the team's selection, but he had planned to be here for the men's tournament, which begins Wednesday. Team USA opens on Thursday, against Slovakia.
[Update, 1:15 p.m.: The Predators issued a statement saying Poile had undergone two successful surgical procedures "in the nose and eye areas," and had received stitches to repair a facial laceration. He is scheduled to remain in the hospital for further observation.]