Billy Jaffe is currently a hockey analyst/reporter for The NHL Network. In addition, he serves as a hockey studio analyst for the MSG Network in New York and NESN in Boston. For the past few seasons, Billy also served as an analyst/reporter on Versus' NHL broadcasts. 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 television analyst for the New York Islanders 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 served as the radio analyst for the Atlanta Thrashers.
Billy also served as the reporter for NHL Radio in between the benches for 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.
Billy has also served as an analyst for College Sports Television Network's (CSTV) “Friday Night Hockey" game of the week.
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.
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 Thrashers in September 2000 after spending the 1999-2000 season as the radio and television analyst for the Wolves. In addition, he was the lead analyst for Fox Sports Detroit's "Central Collegiate Hockey Association 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. 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.
He grew up in Chicago and attended the Kent School in Kent, Conn., in 1987. Billy and his family reside in Long Island, New York.