Tony Luftman is a prominent host who captivates audiences with his appearances across NHL Network’s lineup, including the flagship program NHL Tonight. He also takes on hosting duties for NHL Network’s special event coverage, showcasing his versatility and expertise during marquee events such as the Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, and Winter Classic.
Luftman’s passion for hockey ignited at a young age when he witnessed the remarkable victory of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, famously known as the “Miracle on Ice,” as they secured the gold medal in Lake Placid, New York. This pivotal moment fueled his love for the game and set the stage for his impressive broadcasting career.
Throughout his broadcasting journey, Luftman has covered a wide array of sports, including the NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL, MMA, college sports, and WWE. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, he gained national recognition through his roles in CBS Sports Network’s Lead Off, ROME, and college basketball coverage, allowing him to showcase his versatile talents on a broader stage.
Luftman holds a degree in history from UCLA, where he had a remarkable involvement with the Bruin Basketball team. For four seasons, he served as a team manager, and he further expanded his experience by working as a team manager for USA Basketball during two summers.
His time with UCLA included being part of the historic 1995 NCAA Championship team, and he also contributed to the 1996 USA Basketball Under-22 World Championship team, which proudly secured a gold medal.
With his vast knowledge, on-air charisma, and remarkable experiences in both hockey and other sports, Luftman continues to entertain and inform fans with his engaging presence on NHL Network.