David Poile is an original member of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group that was formed in February 2007 to assist USA Hockey with the selection of players and staff of U.S. Men’s National Teams, including the Olympic Team.
He served as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that competed in Sochi, Russia, where the U.S. earned its best finish (4th) in a non-North American Games since NHL players began participating in the Olympics in 1998.
At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Poile was associate general manager for the U.S. squad that surprised the hockey world by advancing to the gold-medal game in Vancouver, B.C. The U.S. settled for the silver medal after falling to heavily favored Canada in overtime of the gold-medal game.
In 2013, Poile helped assemble the U.S. Men’s National Team that captured the bronze medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship. It was just the third medal for the U.S. in the world championship since 1962.
Poile has also served as general manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 1998 and 1999 and as associate general manager in 2009 and 2010.
Poile has spent 17 seasons with the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators, where he is president of hockey operations, general manager and alternate governor. A three-time finalist (2010-12) for the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award, Poile has ushered the Predators into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in seven of the last 10 seasons. His 32 consecutive years as an NHL general manager rank as the second-longest active streak in the league and third-longest stretch in NHL history.
Prior to joining Nashville, Poile led the NHL’s Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 14 times during his 15-year tenure (1982-97) as general manager.
He entered the 2014-15 season ranked second all-time in games by a general manager (2,376) and third in wins (1,151). In addition, he is the only general manager in NHL history to spend 1,000 games and win at least 500 with two franchises.
In 2005, Poile was selected as one of four NHL general managers for the first NHL Competition Committee. In this role, he helped usher in a new era of NHL hockey, featuring on-ice innovations such as the regular-season shootout and the elimination of the red line. Also, he was instrumental in the league's adoption of the instant replay rule in 1991. The Sporting News has recognized Poile as its Executive of the Year on three occasions (1982-83, 1983-84 and 2006-07).
A 1971 graduate of Northeastern University, Poile is a member of the Varsity Club Hall of Fame. He was the Huskies’ captain, leading scorer and most valuable player for two of his three seasons.
In 2001, Poile received the Lester Patrick Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to hockey in the United States.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Nashville, Tenn. They have two children, Lauren and Brian, and two granddaughters, Ellie and Charlotte.