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Predators Legends David Poile, Shea Weber Elected To Hockey Hall Of Fame

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A pair of Nashville Predators whose legendary careers were closely intertwined have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Longtime general manager David Poile and seven-time NHL All-Star defenseman Shea Weber each got the nod Tuesday as Class of 2024 inductees. The vote took place during the selection committee’s annual meeting in Toronto.

Poile was picked alongside NHL executive Colin Campbell in the builder category. In addition to Weber, four other players – Natalie Darwitz, Pavel Datsyuk, Jeremy Roenick and Krissy Wendell-Pohl – were selected to the Hall of Fame.

Poile served as GM of the Washington Capitals from 1982-97 before taking the same position with Nashville in 1997 shortly after the team was announced as an NHL expansion franchise. He held the role until 2023 and finished as both the winningest and longest-tenured GM in NHL history.

During his 41 consecutive seasons as a GM, Poile compiled a 1,533-1,172-192 overall record. He guided the Predators to the playoffs 15 times, reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2017 and won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2018.

“I’m happy for my family and for the life I have been able to live through hockey,” Poile said in a release. “Thanks to the selection committee for this tremendous honour.”

At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Weber provided an imposing presence on the blueline. He tallied 589 career points (224 goals, 365 assists) and finished with a plus-79 rating across 16 seasons and 1,038 total games.

Poile drafted Weber in 2003, watched him become one of the league’s best players for more than a decade and then traded him to Montreal in a 2016 franchise-altering move that netted star defenseman P.K. Subban and ultimately helped the Predators reach the Cup Final one year later.

Weber, a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Team Canada, played through pain to earn NHL All-Star game selections in 2017 and 2020 and finally made his own Cup Final appearance in 2021, which ended up being his last season due to multiple injuries. He’s still under contract with the Utah Hockey Club until his 14-year, $110 deal expires following the 2025-26 season.

The 2024 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 in Toronto.

Predators make a trade, announce preseason schedule

Nashville acquired defenseman Andrew Gibson from Detroit on Tuesday in exchange for forward Jesse Kiiskinen and Tampa Bay’s second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Gibson, a second-round pick last year, racked up 44 points (12 goals, 32 assists) with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2023-24. He led the team with a plus-36 rating.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pounder, who earned a bronze medal with Canada at the 2023 IIHF World U18 Championship, adds needed size to Nashville’s defensive prospect pool.

The Predators also announced their 2024 preseason schedule will begin with a trip to face the newly minted Stanley Cup champions. Nashville is set to travel to Amerant Bank Arena for a split-squad doubleheader against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, Sept. 22.

See the team’s complete preseason schedule below:

Sept 11: Rookie camp opens

Sept. 13-16: Rookie tournament (Ford Ice Center Bellevue)

Sept 22: at Florida Panthers, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. CT (Sunrise, Fla.)

Sept. 25: Gold Star Showcase, 6:30 p.m. CT (F&M Bank Arena in Clarksville)

Sept. 27: at Tampa Bay Lightning, 6 p.m. CT (Tampa, Fla.)

Sept. 28: vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m. CT (Bridgestone Arena)

Oct. 2: at Carolina Hurricanes, 6 p.m. CT (Raleigh, N.C.)

Oct. 5: vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 4 p.m. CT (Bridgestone Arena)

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