Billy Jaffe is currently serving as the lead studio analyst for NESN’s coverage of the Boston Bruins. He is also seen frequently in studio on the NHL Network and has been on-site for the NHL playoffs (2011, 2014-17) and the network’s coverage of the 2014 (Ann Arbor, MI) and 2015 (Washington, DC) Winter Classics. Billy is also one of the top NCAA hockey game analysts in the country doing games for ESPN (NCAA Tournament), Hockey East on NESN/ASN, and the Big Ten Network. Billy is the host of a weekly hockey show on NESN called “The Instigators”, is a regular on 98.5 The SportsHub in Boston, and also is the co-host of the RoenickLife Podcast with JR and Jaffe, a weekly show produced since December 2015.
From 2012-2016 Billy was a main part of Rogers Sportsnet’s NHL coverage in Canada. He worked both national and regional games for the network, and was the only American to have a regular role talking hockey in Canada. Before that he served as a studio analyst for MSG Network in New York, and was also a game analyst/between the benches on Versus’ NHL broadcasts for six seasons. During the 2010-2011 season, Billy was between the benches for the 2011 World Junior Championships. Also, while working as a college hockey analyst for the Big Ten Network, he worked “The Big Chill” at the University of Michigan. This game was played outdoors at the school’s football stadium and set a record for the number of fans at a hockey game. Billy also was a regular on MSG Network’s Hockey Night Live studio show and served as a regular co-host on NHL Live, airing on SiriusXM Radio and NHL Network.
Billy was the game analyst for the New York Islanders on MSG from 2006 to 2010. He was awarded a New York Emmy for Outstanding Sports Analyst for the 2006/2007 season. Prior to joining the Islanders, Billy was part of the Atlanta Thrashers organization from 2000-2006. In Atlanta he served as both the in-game analyst on radio and as co-host on the team’s pre-game TV show “ThrashTalk”. It was there that Billy earned his first Emmy Award as part of the crew in 2002 for Outstanding Sports Program Series.
Billy also worked for NHL Radio in between the benches at the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, and was part of the crew that covered the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals and Finals for NHL Radio in 2007 and 2008.
Aside from his radio/TV work with the Thrashers, which includes two Southern Regional Emmy Awards, Billy also served as a speaker for the Atlanta Hawks Read to Achieve program that reached 122 schools and 61,000 students in the greater Atlanta area, and continued as an instructor in various Atlanta Thrashers Hockey School programs. He also had his own adult hockey school in both Atlanta and Chicago.
On Oct. 6, 2001, Billy served as the color commentator for Fox Sports Net’s Emmy Award winning broadcast of the Cold War game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State, which was played before the largest crowd ever to witness a hockey game (74,554) at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. He’s also served as fill-in host on the Atlanta Braves MLB studio show on TBS Superstation.
Billy joined the Atlanta Thrashers in September 2000 after spending the 1999-2000 season as the radio and television analyst for the Chicago Wolves in the IHL. In addition, he was the lead analyst for Fox Sport’s “CCHA Game of the Week.” He began his broadcasting career in 1998 providing analysis on Chicago Blackhawks radio broadcasts for the pre and post-game shows on WMAQ-670-AM’s “Hawk Talk,” as well as hosting ChicagoLand Television’s weekly hockey show “Power Play” from 1998-2000.
Billy served as team captain on the silver medal-winning Team USA squad at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1997. In the summer of 2013 he returned to the Maccabiah Games as Head Coach of Team USA earning a second silver medal. He played collegiate hockey for the University of Michigan from 1987-89, and then worked as an on-ice official for the CCHA from 1989-1993.
Billy grew up in Chicago and graduated from the Kent School in Kent, Conn., in 1987. He and his family live in Newton, MA.