The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that General Manager Dale Tallon has been given a 2-year contract extension. Tallon became the 8th General Manager in the team’s storied history back on June 21, 2005.
“I’m very excited that the Blackhawks have given me the opportunity to continue to work toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup,” said Tallon. “We are continuing to put together the pieces of the puzzle that are going to make the Blackhawks a very competitive team. We are getting closer to where we want to be and when we get there we are going to stay there for a very long time.”
Tallon was named Assistant General Manager on November 5, 2003. He served four years (1998-2002) as the Blackhawks Director of Player Personnel before returning to the broadcast booth prior to the 2002-03 season as color analyst for Blackhawk hockey.
Tallon, 56, is a native of Noranda, Quebec. He was the Vancouver Canucks' first-round selection and the second player chosen overall (behind Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo) in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft. Tallon, a defenseman, immediately jumped into the NHL with the Canucks in the 1970-71 season, scoring 14-42=56 points as a rookie.
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.
Tallon was traded to the Blackhawks for Jerry Korab and Gary Smith on May 14,1973. He had his best season as a professional with the Blackhawks in 1975-76, scoring a career-high 47 assists and 62 points in 80 games. During his five year Blackhawk career (1973-78), Tallon scored 44 goals and added 112 assists for 156 points with 296 penalty minutes.
Tallon was dealt to Pittsburgh on October 9, 1978 for a second-round choice (Ken Solheim) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He finished his playing career by playing two seasons with the Penguins, where he scored 10-33=43 points in 95 games.
During his 10-year NHL career, Tallon scored 98 goals and added 238 assists for 336 points in 642 games with Vancouver, Chicago and Pittsburgh. After retiring from the NHL following the 1979-80 season, Tallon served as the Blackhawks color analyst for radio and television broadcasts for 16 seasons.
At the start of the 1998-99 season, Tallon joined the Blackhawk front office as Director of Player Personnel. As he traveled the world scouting hockey, Tallon's knowledge and expertise of the game were honed while aiding in selecting and developing the Blackhawks' young prospects.
Dale and his wife, Meg, have two daughters, Lauren and Kristen, and reside in the northern suburbs.