Blackhawks re-sign GM Dale Tallon

The Chicago Blackhawks have inked general manager Dale Tallon to a two-year contract extension.

The Chicago Blackhawks have inked general manager Dale Tallon to a two-year contract extension, it was announced Monday.

Tallon was named Blackhawks GM on June 21, 2005, only the eighth person to hold that post in the NHLteam's long history.

"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 joined the Chicago front office in 1998-99, and served as the team's director of player personnel and assistantGMbefore becoming GM.

The 56-year-old native of Noranda, Que., is a former NHL defenceman who tallied 336 points (98 goals and 238 assists) in 642 games with the Vancouver Canucks, Chicago and Pittsburgh Penguins from 1970-80.

Tallon was the Canucks' first-round selection and the second player chosen overall (behind Gilbert Perreault of the Buffalo Sabres) in the 1970 NHL draft.