Nashville Predators GM David Polie might go blind in the right eye

2/20/14 in NHL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsIce hockey is a grueling sport with its impact on the body. There is the routine, the workouts and the physical aspect of the sport. Fights as common and then there are the brutal tackles. The players have to cope with all that and injuries are commonplace. No one is safe from these, not even the managers.
Nashville Predators general manager David Polie took a puck to the face and now chances are he will go blind in his right eye. But determined as he is, Polie is not taking that as an excuse to take some time off and is now eager than ever to get back to work.
On Thursday he confirmed the news that the chances were likely but it was still early to say what would happen. He added that losing vision in one eye was would be no reason for him to be impaired from doing his job and he was looking forward to getting back to his GM position.
"It is difficult," he said. "But I have to, and want to, move on. ... There's lots of people that have lost an eye and they're operating very well, and I have to be one of them."
On Thursday in his press appearance he wore an eyepatch. The incident occurred on February 6 at Xcel Energy Center, where he got hit with a puck. The injuries were nothing short of brutal, shattering his nose in three different places and his orbital bone around the eye was fractured. Polie said that it required quite some medical intervention to get him back in track, with 3 surgeries at different times and 40 stitches in the injured area, including the eye itself. Polie happened to be on the bench when the unfortunate incident occurred.
Polie said that he was second nature to avoiding such injures and because of that he often stayed in the hallway, but it happened anyway.
"I don't like going on the bench. I hardly ever go on the bench, and I sort of always stay down in the hallway just because of situations like that."
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