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On-Air Talent

Scott Braun | Host

Scott Braun is a studio host for NHL Network, appearing on NHL Now, NHL Tonight and On The Fly.

In addition to his role with NHL Network, Braun is a studio host and reporter for MLB Network, appearing across its programming. Braun also serves as a play-by-play broadcaster for Pac-12 Network and SNY, including New York Mets games, and is a host on sports talk radio shows on SiriusXM.
 
Prior to joining NHL Network, Braun served as a college basketball play-by-play announcer and the host of ESPN.com's Heat Index, covering the Miami Heat. In addition to his work for ESPN, Braun reported feature stories around the country for CBS Sports Network and was a studio host on CBSSports.com, including Fantasy Football Today. Previously, Braun was an anchor for Westwood One National Radio during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Braun was the play-by-play voice for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League for two seasons. Braun has previously reported on the Red Carpet for E! as well as hosted and reported for NBC-6 Miami and SunSports.
 
Braun graduated from the University of Miami, with a double-major in broadcast journalism and sport administration. In 2008, Braun received the Society of Professional Journalists Award for Journalism Excellence in Miami

Dan Bylsma | Analyst

Dan Bylsma is an analyst appearing across NHL Network's studio programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

Bylsma played in 429 games during his nine-year NHL career before moving to behind the bench as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. In the spring of 2009, Bylsma was named the Penguins head coach and led the team to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final in seven games. Bylsma guided the Penguins to six straight playoff appearances and was honored with the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year following the 2010-2011 season. Following six seasons with the Penguins, Bylsma was named head coach of the Sabres, a position he held for two years.

In 2014, Bylsma coached the U.S. Men's Hockey Team to the semifinals of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Jamison Coyle | Host

Jamison Coyle is a host appearing across NHL Network's programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight. Coyle also contributes to NHL Network's special event coverage, including the Stanley Cup Final and NHL Draft, as well as various feature programming.

Prior to joining NHL Network, Coyle worked as a studio host and reporter at New England Sports Network (NESN) for "NESN Daily" as well as "Hockey East."

Coyle graduated from Syracuse University.

Ken Daneyko | Analyst

Three-time Stanley Cup winner Ken Daneyko is an NHL Network analyst appearing across NHL Network studio programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

Daneyko played in a New Jersey Devils franchise-record 1,458 career games during his 20-year NHL career. Drafted 18th overall in 1982, the Windsor, Ontario native skated in 175 playoff games and earned the nickname "Mr. Devil."

In addition to his role at NHL Network, Daneyko is an in-game color analyst for MSG Networks' Devils coverage.

Elliotte Friedman | Insider

Elliotte Friedman is an insider appearing across NHL Network's programming.

In addition to his work for NHL Network, Friedman is a hockey insider and reporter for Sportsnet in Canada. Friedman joined Sportsnet in 2014 following 11 seasons with CBC Sports, where he was part of the "Hockey Night in Canada" coverage.

Friedman began his career with Sportsnet 590 Toronto, where he was the play-by-play voice of the Toronto Raptors in 1994 and a reporter covering the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998. Friedman has also contributed to the London Free Press, Toronto Star and The Score network. In 1996, Friedman was awarded the Telemedia Reporter of the Year Award. 

Stu Grimson | Analyst

14-year NHL veteran Stu Grimson is an analyst appearing across NHL Network's studio programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

Grimson played in 771 games across his NHL career, including 42 playoff games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings. Drafted in the 7th round in 1985 by the Calgary Flames, the Kamloops, British Columbia native played for the Flames before joining Blackhawks, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Red Wings, Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes, later returning to the Ducks, before finishing his career with the Kings and Nashville Predators.

Following his playing career, Grimson earned his law degree at the University of Memphis and served as in-house counsel to the NHL Players' Association (2006-2008). Grimson most recently served as a color analyst on the Predators' radio network for six seasons (2008-2014) before joining the FOX Sports Tennessee's Predators coverage (2014-2017).

Jamie Hersch | Host

Jamie Hersch is an NHL Network host appearing on the nightly highlights show On The Fly and the flagship studio show NHL Tonight. Hersch also serves as a reporter on NHL Network's special event coverage, including the All-Star Game and Stanley Cup Final.

A versatile journalist with a passion for sports and storytelling, Hersch joined NHL Network in 2015. 

Prior to her role at NHL Network, Hersch worked for FOX Sports North since 2013 as a host and reporter in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hersch spent three seasons hosting the pregame and postgame shows for the Minnesota Wild broadcasts, including extensive coverage of the Wild's playoff runs of 2013-15.

The highlight of her time covering hockey came in January 2015, when she went all the way to Kuwait to cover several former NHL players who brought hockey to the American troops serving overseas. They spent several days living at Camp Buehring with the soldiers while running hockey skills clinics and playing floor hockey games on the base.

Hersch also spent three seasons as the primary sideline reporter for the Minnesota Twins with FOX Sports North, and appeared several times on MLB Network's The Rundown. She covered hockey, football and basketball games for Big Ten Network as well.

Hersch graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California. While at USC, Jamie covered Trojan athletics extensively. Her work at USC's prestigious Annenberg TV News station earned Hersch a third-place finish in the National Hearst Journalism Awards competition. Hersch also earned an award from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for her sports reporting at WKOW-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, as both a sports anchor and reporter.

E.J. Hradek | Host

E.J. Hradek joined NHL Network/NHL.com as a Senior Reporter in May 2011, working across the League's multiple media platforms.

Hradek currently serves as a co-host of NHL Now, getting viewers for the night's action during the regular season, weekdays at 4:00 p.m. ET. He also contributes to NHL Network's special event coverage, including the Stanley Cup Final, NHL Draft, All-Star Game and Winter Classic. 

Prior to arriving at NHL Network, E.J. spent 13 years as a Senior Writer for ESPN The Magazine. He was part of the original staff that helped launch the magazine in March 1998. During his time at ESPN, Hradek's work appeared across all the company's media platforms. He appeared as an NHL analyst for ESPN on "SportsCenter," ESPN News, "First Take" and "NHL 2Nite," and delivered daily columns for ESPN.com. Prior to leaving ESPN, he served as host of the company's hockey webcast, "Inside the NHL."

From 1996-98, Hradek served as a part-time professional scout for the Dallas Stars, filing reports on more than 100 NHL and AHL games per season during that span. That experience afforded him a unique look at the game from the inside.

Hradek began his professional career through opportunities with SportsTicker, Sterling Publications, the New York Post, Beckett Hockey Monthly and SportsFan Online starting in the late 1980s.

Hradek's experience as a player dates to his college days at Pace University, where he captained and later coached the school's club hockey team. A lifelong "rink rat," Hradek fondly remembers some long afternoons of outdoor hockey on the frozen lakes and ponds in Westchester, N.Y. These days, he attempts to bring that same enthusiasm for the game to his work

Billy Jaffe | Analyst

Billy Jaffe is an analyst appearing across NHL Network's programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

In addition to his work for NHL Network, Jaffe is an NHL studio analyst for NESN and Rogers Sportsnet. Jaffe has also served as a game analyst for ESPN's NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championships in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Jaffe most recently contributed to NHL Network's Stanley Cup Playoffs and Winter Classic Coverage in 2011 and each year since 2014.

Prior to joining NESN and Rogers Sportsnet, Jaffe served as a college hockey analyst for the Big Ten Network and contributed to their coverage of the "The Big Chill" event at the University of Michigan, which was a game played outdoors at the school's football stadium. The event set a record for the number of fans at a hockey game.

Jaffe previously served as the MSG Network analyst for the New York Islanders from 2006 through 2010. Following the 2006-07 season, Jaffe received the New York Emmy award for Outstanding Sports Analyst. While with the Islanders, Jaffe was a regular on MSG Network's "Hockey Night Live" studio show, plus contributed to SiriusXM's NHL Live program.

Prior to joining the Islanders, Jaffe served as the radio analyst for the Atlanta Thrashers and contributed to their TV broadcasts for seven years. Jaffe began his broadcast career in 1998 as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks radio team on WMAQ-670 AM. Jaffe played collegiate hockey for the University of Michigan from 1987-89

Mike Johnson | Analyst

Mike Johnson is an analyst appearing across NHL Network's programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight. Johnson also contributes to NHL Network's special event coverage, including the Stanley Cup Final. 

Johnson is a 12-year NHL veteran, having played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues. Johnson was selected to the NHL All-Rookie team for the 1997 - 1998 season, when he scored 15 goals and added 32 assists as a forward. The following season, Johnson scored 20 goals for the Maple Leafs, a mark he would reach again for the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2002 - 2003 season.

Johnson graduated from Bowling Green State University.

Brian Lawton | Analyst

With more than 30 years spent in hockey as a player, agent and general manager, Brian Lawton serves as an analyst appearing across NHL Network's programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight. Lawton also contributes to NHL Network's special event coverage, including the NHL Draft and the Stanley Cup Final.

After being selected first overall in the 1983 NHL Draft, Lawton played for 12 NHL seasons and in more than 500 regular season games, registering 112 goals and 266 points in his career (1983 - 1993).

Following his playing career, Lawton became a successful NHLPA agent, and later served as the General Manager, Executive Vice President and Alternate Governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning for two seasons.

Prior to joining NHL Network, Lawton served as a hockey analyst for Rogers and as a managing partner for the sports brokerage firm JNG LLC. 

Lawton played for 12 NHL seasons and in more than 500 regular season games, registering 112 goals and 266 points in his career (1983 - 1993).

Following his playing career, Lawton became a successful NHLPA agent, and later served as the General Manager, Executive Vice President and Alternate Governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning for two seasons.

Lawton has most recently served as a hockey analyst for Rogers Communications and as a managing partner for the sports brokerage firm JNG LLC.Brian Lawton is an analyst for NHL Network.

Bill Lindsay | Analyst

Bill Lindsay is an analyst appearing across NHL Network's studio programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

Lindsay is a 14-year NHL veteran, having played 506 games as a member of the Florida Panthers, including playing a key role in Florida's 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance.

In addition to his work for NHL Network, Lindsay is the color analyst for WQAM-560, the Florida Panthers radio network.

Lindsay previously served as the Panthers television analyst for FOX Sports Florida for seven years. He began his broadcasting career in 2007 as a member of the Panthers' radio team.

Lindsay is also the lead on-ice instructor for Florida's Try Hockey for Free youth hockey program and serves as an alumni ambassador for the Panthers Alumni.

Tony Luftman | Host

Tony Luftman is a host appearing across NHL Network's programming, including the flagship program NHL Tonight. Luftman also hosts NHL Network's special event coverage, including the Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game and Winter Classic, as well as various NHL Network studio programming.

Luftman's love for hockey began as a four-year old when he watched the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team win the Gold Medal.

Over the course of his career in broadcasting, Luftman has covered the NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL, MMA, college sports and WWE. The Los Angeles, CA native made the leap to national network assignments with CBS Sports Network's "Lead Off," "ROME" and college basketball coverage.

Luftman graduated from UCLA with a degree in history, where he spent four seasons as a team manager for the Bruin Basketball team and two summers as a team manager for USA Basketball. His career highlights were being a member of UCLA's 1995 NCAA Championship team and the 1996 USA Basketball Under-22 World Championship team, which captured a gold medal.

Barry Melrose | Analyst

Barry Melrose, a six-year NHL veteran, former NHL head coach and one of the best-known personalities in hockey, is an analyst across NHL Network's studio programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

Drafted 36th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1976, Melrose played for the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, in addition to the American Hockey League's Springfield Indians, World Hockey Association's Cincinnati Stingers, and AHL's Adirondack Red Wings.

In June 2008, Melrose was named the Tampa Bay Lightning head coach, his first such position since coaching the Los Angeles Kings 13 years before. With the Kings, Melrose made franchise history by leading the team to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final in his debut season. In addition to his NHL coaching positions, the Kelvington, Saskatchewan native coached the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers and Seattle Thunderbirds, and the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings. While with Adirondack, Melrose led the Red Wings to the 1991 Calder Cup and served as general manager in his final two seasons as head coach (1990-1992).

In addition to his role at NHL Network, Melrose is a hockey analyst at ESPN, where he has covered 23 Stanley Cup Finals since first joining the network in 1994.

Kelly Nash | Host

Kelly Nash is an NHL Network studio host, appearing on the nightly game recap show On The Fly.

Nash began contributing to NHL Network in 2015. Nash is also an MLB Network studio host, serving as a co-host of The Rundown, weekdays during the regular season at 2:00 p.m. ET. 

Prior to joining MLB Network in March of 2015, Nash served as a sideline reporter for FOX Sports Florida, covering the Tampa Bay Rays, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. Before joining FOX Sports Florida, Nash began her career with the ACC Digital Network as a production assistant and host.

Nash graduated with a Master's in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University and a Master's in TV Broadcast Journalism from the University of Miami. 

Darren Pang | Analyst

Darren Pang, a former NHL goaltender, is an analyst appearing across NHL Network's studio programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

Pang spent the duration of his 81 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, from the 1984-1985 season to the 1988-1989 season. In 1988, Pang was awarded Rookie of the Month in January, named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, and was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

In addition to his work for NHL Network, Pang is an analyst for FOX Sports Midwest and contributor to NHL on NBC's "Inside the Glass." Pang joined FOX Sports Midwest following four seasons as an analyst for the Phoenix Coyotes' TV and 12 years at ESPN, where he covered hockey. Pang has covered three Winter Olympic Games, reporting for CBS in 1998 (Nagano, Japan), reporting for NBC in 2002 (Salt Lake City, United States) and as an analyst for NBC in 2010 (Vancouver, Canada).

Jackie Redmond | Host & Reporter

Jackie Redmond is an NHL Network studio host and reporter, currently serving as a co-host of NHL Now, getting viewers ready for the night's action during the regular season, weekdays at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Prior to arriving at NHL Network, Redmond spent six years as an anchor for Canada's Sportsnet. During her time at Sportsnet, Redmond hosted a variety of studio programs, including the flagship show "Sportsnet Central," plus "Misplays of the Month," "Plays of the Month," and "Hockey Central Playoff Xtra."

Redmond, a London, Ontario native and lifelong hockey fan, began her professional career by winning "Gillette DRAFTED 3: The Search for Canada's Next Sportscaster" in 2011, becoming the first female winner in the show's history.

Dave Reid | Analyst

Two-time Stanley Cup winner Dave Reid is an NHL Network analyst appearing across NHL Network studio programing, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight

Reid scored 369 points in 961 career NHL games and was a key contributor to the 1999 Stanley Cup Champion Dallas Stars and the 2001 Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche.

In addition to his role at NHL Network, Reid contributes to TSN's hockey coverage.

Mike Rupp | Analyst

Mike Rupp, a 14-year NHL veteran defenseman and Stanley Cup Champion, is an analyst appearing across NHL Network programming, including the flagship program NHL Tonight. Rupp also contributes to NHL Network's special event coverage, including the Stanley Cup Final, Winter Classic, Stadium Series and NHL All-Star Game. 

During his playing career, Rupp scored the clinching goal for the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final against the Anaheim Ducks. In addition to the 2003 Stanley Cup run with the Devils, Rupp skated in the playoffs with the Devils again in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010 and 2011, the New York Rangers in 2012 and the Minnesota Wild in 2013. 

Neil Smith | Analyst

Neil Smith is an NHL Network analyst appearing across NHL Network studio programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

A longtime NHL executive, Smith was the general manager of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers. The Rangers' championship was their first in 54 years, led by captain Mark Messier, whom Smith acquired in 1991 from the Edmonton Oilers. 

In addition to his role at NHL Network, Smith has served as a hockey analyst for Sportsnet.

Alex Tanguay | Analyst

Stanley Cup Champion and 16-year NHL veteran Alex Tanguay is an analyst appearing across NHL Network's studio programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

During his NHL career, Tanguay collected 283 goals, 580 assists and 863 points in 1088 games played. Tanguay appeared in five consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Colorado Avalanche (1999-2000 to 2003-2004), capturing the Stanley Cup in 2000-2001. Tanguay was the 12th overall pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, an All-Star in 2004, and led the league in shooting percentage in 2005-2006 with 23.2 percent and 2014-2015 with 21.2 percent. 

Tanguay spent six seasons with the Avalanche before joining the Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, later returning to the Flames and Avalanche, before finishing his career with the Arizona Coyotes.

 

Kevin Weekes | Analyst

With more than 14 years of professional hockey experience, including 11 NHL seasons, former goaltender Kevin Weekes  brings his unique knowledge to NHL Network as an analyst across its programming, including the flagship studio show, NHL Tonight. Weekes also contributes to NHL Network's special event coverage, including the Stanley Cup Final, NHL Draft, Winter Classic, Stadium Series and NHL All-Star Game. 

A second-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 1993, Weekes played 348 regular-season games with the Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Weekes helped lead the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Final in 2002, and is the Hurricanes' all-time leader in playoff goals against average and save percentage.

As one of the NHL's most charitable players, the Toronto native is dedicated to numerous causes and initiatives throughout North America, including Sky's the Limit, a unique initiative that benefits students in under-resourced communities by providing them with refurbished computers, as well as the Herbert Carnegie Future Aces Foundation, which assists youth and adults to attain the highest level of achievement within their capabilities. Weekes is also heavily involved in charitable work in his parents' native Barbados, where he hosts the annual Kevin Weekes Celebrity Charity Golf Classic, which raises funds for youth charities in both Barbados and Toronto.

In addition to his role at NHL Network, Weekes serves as a contributor to NHL.com.

Ryan Whitney | Analyst

Nine-year NHL veteran Ryan Whitney  is an analyst appearing across NHL Network's studio programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight.

Whitney collected 50 goals and 209 assists in 481 career games as a defenseman. Whitney was part of three consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff runs, with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007 and 2008 and with the Anaheim Ducks in 2009. 

The Boston native was drafted fifth overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and spent three-plus seasons with the Penguins before joining the Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers. 

In 2010, Whitney won a silver medal as part of Team USA at the Olympic Games in Vancouver.

In addition to his work for NHL Network, Whitney is a co-host of the Barstool Sports podcast Spittin' Chiclets and an analyst for Sportsnet.