Predators GM named to Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile was one of three new members named to the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, the institution announced Wednesday.

Always active in matters beyond his own team, Poile is one of four GMs on the NHL’s competition committee. He also was general manager for the United States Olympic team, which finished fourth last month at Sochi.

The selection committee, which consists of 18 members, is scheduled to meet June 23 and 24 to consider nominees for the 2014 Hall of Fame class, which will take Poile away from Nashville’s preparation for the draft, June 27-28 at Philadelphia.

This year’s inductees will be announced June 24 and formally enshrined Nov. 10.

“It is a tremendous honor to be appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee,” Poile said in a release from the Predators. “I look forward to the challenge and distinction of selecting honored members that have made outstanding contributions to the sport, and doing so with the other esteemed members of this group. I hope my years in hockey will allow me to make a positive contribution to the committee.”

Poile’s father, Norman “Bud” Poile, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990 as a builder. An NHL player in the 1940s, his post-playing days included stints as general manager of two expansion franchises (Philadelphia in 1967 and Vancouver in 1970) and three years as executive vice president of the now-defunct World Hockey Association.