Investigation could not substantiate allegations against former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon

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An independent investigation could not substantiate allegations of racial, religious and ethnic epithets made against former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon, the National Hockey League announced Thursday.The NHL launched an investigation into Tallon, 70, in late August after an allegation that Tallon used “racist language” inside downtown Toronto during the 2020 playoffs. Tallon a was sacked by the Panthers earlier this month.

The league said the outside firm the league hired – Seyfarth Shaw LLP – had interviewed more than a dozen sources within the Panthers organization and reviewed all available information before arriving at its decision. conclusion.

“The allegations have not been corroborated or substantiated and are inconsistent with Tallon’s past actions and affirmative efforts on behalf of diversity and inclusion initiatives,” the league said in a statement. “As a result, based on the investigation, the NHL has further concluded that there has been no established violation of NHL policy or protocols. ”

The league says it will have no further comment on the matter.

A native of Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Tallon was the second overall pick in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft and appeared in 638 career games over 10 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Penguins. Pittsburgh from 1970 to 1980.

In 1998, Tallon joined the Blackhawks front office and became the team’s general manager in 2005, a role he held until 2009. The following year, Tallon joined the Panthers front office as as managing director and stayed there until his dismissal this summer.



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