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Blackhawks Take Interim Tag Off GM

November 5, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Blackhawks, who appointed Bob Pulford interim general manager last month when they fired Mike Smith, took the ``interim″ tag off Pulford’s title Wednesday as part of a front-office realignment.

The Blackhawks hired television and radio analyst Dale Tallon as assistant general manager. He replaces Nick Beverley, who was fired along with three other members of the team’s front office.

For Tallon, the announcement marks his second time in the Blackhawks’ front office. A 10-year NHL defenseman with Vancouver, Chicago and Pittsburgh, Tallon served four years as the team’s director of player personnel.

``Dale has had experience in the scouting end of the business and he has done a very good job,″ Pulford said. ``We think his hockey knowledge will be a great benefit to the Blackhawks in all areas.″

The Blackhawks, off to a 5-5-3 start, also fired Marshall Johnston, director of player evaluation; Bill Lesuk, director of amateur scouting; and Joe Yannetti, director of pro scouting.

Replacements for Johnston, Lesuk and Yannetti have not been hired yet.

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