Peter Luukko was appointed Executive Chairman of The Florida Panthers Hockey Club and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment on February 6, 2015. Under Luukko's leadership, the franchise hosted the 2015 National Hockey League Draft, the Panthers have had a significant increase in ticket and corporate partnership revenue and the BB&T Center has attracted a variety of prominent shows.
Prior to coming to South Florida, Luukko served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Comcast-Spectacor, L.P. for more than 25 years, overseeing the Philadelphia Flyers, while serving as a member of the National Hockey League Board of Governors. He oversaw Comcast-Spectacor's facility-management business, which runs more than 125 sports arenas, stadiums and convention centers. He was also responsible for the expansion of Comcast-Spectacor's broad range of businesses.
Under Luukko's leadership, Comcast-Spectacor helped Philadelphia garner national attention and awareness by attracting several high-profile events to the city of Philadelphia, including the 2000 Republican National Convention, the 2000 NCAA Women's Final Four, the 2001 NCAA Men's East Regionals, the 2001 and 2002 X-Games, the 2002 NBA All-Star Weekend, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Gymnastics, the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships, the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four and numerous other sports and entertainment events. As President of the Flyers, he played an instrumental role in his club participating in two Winter Classics (2010 and 2012), while also hosting the 2014 NHL Draft.
A recognized leader in the facility management industry, Luukko was the 2000 recipient of the City of Hope's Tri-State Labor Award. He also received the 2002 prestigious Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Sports Management Program of the University of Massachusetts for his accomplishments in the field of sports management. He received the 2013 Police Athletic League PAL Award for his contributions to the Philadelphia community.
In 2013, Mr. Luukko and Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider ranked 43rd on Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal's prestigious list of the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Sports Business. The two are also two-time winners of Venues Today's Hall of Headlines. He also was named one of Billboard Magazine's Power 100 (2012 and 2013).
Mr. Luukko, 55, serves as an active member of the Board of Directors of Pointstreak Sports Technologies Inc., a Toronto company that develops sports-related software, including 50/50 raffle technology increasingly used at sports facilities across North America.
He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Philly Sports Holdings, an Exton, Pa.- based holding company that operates Sports Vault and Strategic Sports Marketing. Luukko is a hockey player, hockey coach and hockey parent.
He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. Luukko and his wife, Casey, have three children Nick, Dana and Max. His son Nick was drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft.