Dale Tallon not going to White House

Updated: March 7, 2011, 3:35 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

SUNRISE, Fla.-- Former Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon won't be accompanying the Blackhawks to the White House on Friday, when President Obama will honor the team for its 2010 Stanley Cup championship.

Tallon, now the GM of the Florida Panthers, says he wasn't invited.

"That's fine with me, I'm a Republican anyway," Tallon joked on Monday.

Tallon was instrumental in drafting, trading and signing many of the Blackhawks who eventually won the Stanley Cup. He was removed as the general manager last summer before the Blackhawks broke their 49-year Cup drought, but he remains close to many in the organization, including the players.

"We text each other and give each other shots," Tallon said. "It's a fun group. Its a good group of guys. You have to cut the cord and move on."

The Blackhawks will be honored at the White House Friday afternoon after visiting Walter Reed Hospital the day before. They take on the Washington Capitals on Sunday in Washington.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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