In late August, it was reported that former Chicago Blackhawks and former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was under investigation by the NHL for using racially insensitive language while representing the Panthers in the Toronto bubble during the 2020 postseason tournament.
On Thursday, the NHL announced after a thorough investigation that the allegations Tallon used racially derogatory language in the bubble and the allegations he made openly racial, religious, and ethnic comments in the past were not substantiated.
The league retained Seyfarth Shaw LLP "to conduct a full, confidential investigation", per the NHL's release. Seyfarth interviewed over a dozen members of the Panthers’ organization on the matter as well.
Tallon was let go three days after Florida's exit from the playoffs on Aug. 10 after 10 years with the organization. His contract was set to expire after last season. The agreement for him to leave the organization was a mutual decision according to the Panthers.
He was with the Blackhawks organization for 33 years as a player, broadcaster and executive. Tallon was an assistant GM with the Hawks from 2003-05, GM from 2005-09, and senior adviser of hockey operations in 2009-10. The former Hawks GM hired Joel Quenneville as head coach of the Blackhawks on October 16, 2008. Impact Hawks players like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were drafted during Tallon's Chicago GM tenure as well.