Dale TallonFlorida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager
Dale Tallon enters his fourth season as executive vice president and general manager of the Florida Panthers after being appointed to the position on May 17, 2010. Prior to joining the Panthers organization, Tallon, 62, spent 33 years with the Chicago Blackhawks as a front office executive, player and broadcast personality. He served as Chicagos general manager from June 2005-July 2009, and assistant general manager from Nov. 2003-June 2005. He was responsible for drafting or acquiring many of the Blackhawks top players who captured the 2010 Stanley Cup as well as a Western Conference Finals appearance in 2009, notably Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg, John Madden and Brian Campbell.
A defenseman, Tallon was Vancouvers first-round selection (2nd overall) in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft. The Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec native played in 642 NHL contests with Vancouver (1970-73), Chicago (1973-78) and Pittsburgh (1978-80) registering 336 points (98-238-336) and 568 PIM. Tallon recorded a career-high 17 goals in 69 games with Vancouver during the 1971-72 season and appeared in the 1971 and 1972 NHL All-Star Games. In 1972, Tallon was picked as an alternate for Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series against the USSR. After retiring following the 1979-80 season, Tallon served as color analyst for Chicago radio and television broadcasts for 16 seasons.
Most recently, Tallon spent the 2009-10 season serving as a senior advisor of hockey operations for the Blackhawks. He also served four years (1998-2002) as director of player personnel for the Blackhawks before returning to the radio and television booth prior to the 2002-03 season. Tallon and his wife, Meg, have two daughters, Lauren and Kristen.