On Friday, it was first reported by FloridaHockeyNow.com 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 team's two-week stay in conjunction with this summer's NHL postseason tournament.
Florida was eliminated from the postseason after losing to the New York Islanders in four games during the qualifying round.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the investigation to The Associated Press on Friday.
Tallon was let go three days after Florida's exit on Aug. 10 after 10 years with the organization. His contract was set to expire after this season. The agreement for him to leave the organization was a mutual decision according to the Panthers.
Tallon was with the Blackhawks organization for 33 years as a player, broadcaster and executive. He 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.