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Marty Biron | Analyst

Marty Biron is an NHL Network analyst following a 16-year year career as an NHL goaltender. Biron appears across NHL Network's programming, including the flagship studio show NHL Tonight

During his playing career, Biron recorded more than 200 wins and posted a .910 goals against average in his NHL career. In addition to goaltending for all three New York based teams in his career, Biron led the Philadelphia Flyers to the playoffs in both 2008 and 2009.

In addition to his work on NHL Network, Biron serves as an analyst for TSN. 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

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. 

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.

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).

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.

Matt Yallof | Host

Matt Yallof is a studio host appearing across NHL Network's studio programming.

In addition to his role with NHL Network, Yallof is a studio host and reporter for MLB Network.

Prior to joining MLB Network, Yallof served as the primary studio host for the Emmy-nominated New York Mets pre- and post-game coverage on SportsNet NY. From 2000 until 2006, Yallof worked at Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, winning four Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for his work as an anchor and a reporter. His duties included hosting the Phillies post-game show, working as the in-game reporter for the Flyers and co-anchoring "Sportsnite," the primetime local and national sports news report.

Prior to joining Comcast SportsNet, Yallof worked as a sports anchor and reporter at WKBW-TV in Buffalo covering the Bisons, Bills and Sabres, including the Bills' "Music City Miracle" loss and Sabres' 1999 Stanley Cup Finals run.

From 1993 to 1998, Yallof worked at CNN, CNN Sports and CNNSI. After transitioning from news to sports, he anchored "Headline Sports" and spent time in CNN's international sports division. Upon graduating from Muhlenberg College in 1990, Yallof worked behind-the-scenes at CNBC.