October 23, 2015
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
David Poile | President of Hockey Operations & General Manager | Nashville
The General Manager with the longest active tenure, and the third-longest tenured Gm in National Hockey League history, Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile has spent 33 consecutive years at the helm of a franchise (18 with Nashville, 15 with Washington) dating back to 1982 when he was hired by the Washington Capitals. He is the only general manager in NHL history to be at the helm of two different clubs for 1,000 games and 500 victories. He enters 2015-16 ranked second of all-time in both games and wins by a GM, trailing only Glen Sather.
The lone person to be a finalist for the General Manager of the Year Award for each of its first three years of existence (2010-2012), Poile is one of the most influential men in the sport, evidenced by his spot on the NHL’s Competition Committee all 11 years of existence, appointment to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee in 2014, and involvement with USA Hockey, highlighted by his service as General Manager of the United States Olympic Team for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
While Poile continues to use effective drafting and development of home-grown players as the foundation for the Nashville Predators, his blueprint for success has necessitated the welcoming of high-octane offensive performers to the organization in recent seasons. The assertive team-building plan implemented by Poile from the franchise’s inception has helped the organization earn the reputation as one of the most stable, well-built teams in the NHL. Crucial to the plan’s success is the ability to make the right selections and develop the young prospects. Poile has long been a proponent of a strong developmental system as a means to develop blossoming young players into productive NHL players.
Poile also serves as an alternate governor for the team and in December 2007, he added President of Hockey Operations to his title. For the past four seasons, Poile has donated to Operation Homefront, USA Hockey and the Peterson for Parkinson’s Foundation for every Predators victory.
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