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David Poile (born February 14, 1950) is the President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the NHL's Nashville Predators.[1] He is the son of the former NHL hockey player, coach and executive Bud Poile.

David Poile
Born (1950-02-14) February 14, 1950 (age 69)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Rochester Americans (AHL)
Playing career 1968–1971

Poile was a successful hockey player at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, still holding the record for most career hat tricks with 11. While at Northeastern Poile was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. Poile began his career in the NHL as an Administrative Assistant with the then expansion Atlanta Flames in 1972. Five years after joining the Flames organization he was named as the assistant general manager.

Poile left the Flames to become the Vice President and General Manager of the Washington Capitals. He served in that capacity for fifteen years. During his time in Washington he was quite successful and the Capitals amassed a 594-454-124 record under his control.

After working in Washington, Poile took the position with the then-expansion Nashville Predators in 1997. He has proven to make many shrewd moves and has created a competitive team with a limited budget, and has been the team's only GM in their history.

Poile served as general manager of the 1998 and 1999 U.S. National Team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. Poile also served as the general manager for the men's hockey team at the 2014 Olympics, though he was unable to attend the games in Sochi due to a hit in the face with an errant puck during a Nashville Predators morning skate just days prior to his planned departure.[2] He has since not been able to see out of his right eye.

He was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2001, making him and his father Norman 'Bud' Poile one of six father-son combinations to win the award. In 2017, he won the NHL's General Manager of the Year award after the Predators reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.[3]

On March 1, 2018, David Poile became the winningest general manager in NHL history, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2, giving him his 1,320th win as a general manager, surpassing Glen Sather who had won 1,319 games.[4]


  1. ^ "Nashville Predators Team - David Poile - Nashville Predators - Team".
  2. ^ Leahy, Sean. "U.S. GM David Poile to miss Olympics after getting hit in face with puck". Yahoo News. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  3. ^ Bratten, Brooks. "David Poile named 2017 NHL General Manager of the Year". Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  4. ^ "Predators' David Poile becomes NHL's all-time winningest GM". Retrieved 2018-03-01.

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Preceded by
Roger Crozier
General Manager of the Washington Capitals
Succeeded by
George McPhee
Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Nashville Predators