, hired as the new general manager of the Florida Panthers
last month, is the special guest on Thursday's "NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman."
A former NHL defenseman, Tallon, 59, spent 33 years with the Blackhawks organization as a front office executive, player and broadcaster. He served as Chicago’s general manager from June 2005 to July 2009, and assistant GM from November 2003 to June 2005. He was responsible for drafting or acquiring many of Chicago's top players -- Jonathan Toews
, Patrick Kane
, Marian Hossa
, Patrick Sharp
, Kris Versteeg
, John Madden
and Brian Campbell
-- who have contributed to its current appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.
The show, co-hosted by Bill Clement
, encourages fans to call in with questions for the Commissioner. To submit questions to "NHL Hour" call 1-877-645-6696.
"NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman" broadcasts live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on Sirius Channel 208 as part of the "Best of XM" programming package) and NHL.com. The show will re-air on Sirius XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.
NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman is a production of NHL Radio.