NESN Taps Jamie Erdahl To Replace Naoko Funayama On Bruins Rink-Side

NESN today announced their plans for the 2013-2014 Bruins season, which include 71 Bruins games, enhanced pre and post game shows, a larger role for Billy Jaffe and have named Jamie Erdahl to replace Naoko Funayama at rink-side.

Erdahl has filled in for Jenny Dell on Red Sox broadcast on several occasions this season, and has gotten good reviews for her performance.

Here is the release from NESN:

“Nothing is quite like the excitement of Bruins hockey and the passion of Bruins fans. We plan to feed that enthusiasm this season by aggressively expanding and enhancing our coverage, which will be the most comprehensive in the network’s history,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO.

“We are excited to bring Bruins fans unprecedented coverage of the team utilizing a custom-built, television production truck, top-level HD cameras, a super slo-mo unit, additional replay angles, interactive components for viewers, and several NESN talent expanding their roles covering the team,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice president of programming & production/executive producer.

NESN’s Play-by-Play Team

The popular broadcast duo of Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) and Andy Brickley (@AndyBrickley) will be back in the NESN booth for their 9th season together. Both Edwards and Brickley will also continue as regular panelists on The Instigators, NESN’s weekly NHL issues and debate show, and as regular contributors to NESN Sports Today. Brickley will add on-ice demonstrations of Bruins techniques and NHL strategies.

New Rink-Side Reporter Named    

NESN Sports Today anchor/reporter and sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl (@JamieErdahl) will be the network’s new Bruins rink-side reporter. She will join Edwards and Brickley as part of NESN’s Bruins broadcast team providing in-game updates and pre-game, intermission and post-game interviews. Erdahl will continue to contribute year-round as an anchor/reporter for NESN Sports Today and as a fill-in sideline reporter on Red Sox game telecasts.

“Jamie has proven to be a great addition to our team of reporters at NESN. She displays a great work ethic, employs strong research skills and has demonstrated her ability to connect with viewers and players alike.  Having grown up in a region passionate about hockey, we’re certain Jamie will connect with Bruins fans as well,” said Joseph Maar.

Erdahl, a Minnesota native, joined NESN last November as an anchor and reporter. In addition to anchoring NESN Sports Today, she has reported on the Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots for NESN Sports Today and has filled in for Jenny Dell as the Red Sox sideline reporter numerous times this season. Erdahl came to NESN after working as a freelance reporter at FOX Sports North where she served as a sideline reporter on WNBA telecasts.

NESN’s Bruins Pre and Post-game Team

Dale Arnold (@DaleEArnold) will return for his third season as host of NESN’s Bruins pre-game, intermission and post-game programs. Arnold will also contribute to expanded Bruins coverage on NESN Sports Today.

Billy Jaffe (@BJaffe) will join Arnold on pre-game, intermission and post-game for at least fifty (50) games this season. His significantly increased role also includes hosting two dozen episodes of The Instigators, working on the network’s Hockey East coverage, and serving as a regular contributor on Big Bad Bruins LIVE and NESN Sports Today. Jaffe will be moving to the Boston area to expand his Bruins on-air work and will continue to serve as a studio analyst for Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto.

For the past few seasons, in addition to working at NESN, Jaffe had served as a hockey analyst/reporter for The NHL Network and MSG Network’s Hockey Night Live Show. His NHL portfolio also includes four years as a game analyst for MSG Network’s New York Islanders broadcasts and as a rink-side reporter and game analyst for national telecasts on Versus.

Long-time studio analysts Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak will also return to NESN’s pre-game, intermission and post-game coverage this season.

NESN’s Back in Black and Gold Tour

To kick off the 2013-14 season, NESN’s Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will take a 4-day, 5-city tour of New England beginning next Monday, September 16. The tour will be highlighted by free public events in Providence, RI; Hartford, CT; Portland, ME; and Portsmouth, NH.

Updated NESN Color Analyst Schedule

Former Red Sox pitchers Derek Lowe, Mike Timlin and Dan Petry have been added to the list of analysts filling in alongside Don Orsillo for upcoming Red Sox games.

Here is the schedule through September 25th:

Date Opponent NESN Analyst
Friday, Sept. 6 at New York Yankees Dennis Eckersley
Sunday, Sept. 8 at New York Yankees Dan Petry
Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Tampa Bay Rays Derek Lowe
Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Tampa Bay Rays Derek Lowe
Thursday, Sept. 12 at Tampa Bay Rays Derek Lowe
Friday, Sept. 13 vs. New York Yankees Dennis Eckersley
Tuesday, Sept. 17 vs. Baltimore Orioles Dennis Eckersley
Wednesday, Sept. 18 vs. Baltimore Orioles Dennis Eckersley
Thursday, Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore Orioles Dennis Eckersley
Friday, Sept. 20 vs. Toronto Blue Jays Dennis Eckersley
Saturday, Sept. 21 vs. Toronto Blue Jays Dennis Eckersley
Sunday, Sept. 22 vs. Toronto Blue Jays Dennis Eckersley
Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Colorado Rockies Mike Timlin
Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Colorado Rockies Mike Timlin

This does not include the final series of the season in Baltimore. The analyst(s) for that series will be announced at a later date.

“Behind The B” Debuts on September 9th

NESN and the Bruins announced today that a new all-access television series on the team, narrated by Dennis Leary will debut next Monday night. Additional episodes will be announced as they are ready.

Here is the release:

BRUINS NEW ALL-ACCESS TELEVISION SERIES “BEHIND THE B” PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI DEBUTS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 ON NESN

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, September 4, that the organization’s new all-access television series “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani will debut on Monday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NESN. A total of 13 episodes of “Behind the B” are slated to air during the 2013-14 season, beginning with the special hour-long series debut on September 9. All episodes will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.

The Bruins have granted “Behind the B” cameras unprecedented access into the team’s locker room, executive boardroom, and player’s homes that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the organization throughout the entire season.

The hour-long premiere starts off in the Bruins locker room on June 24, 2013 with Head Coach Claude Julien consoling his charges following the team’s heartbreaking Game 6 loss in the Stanley Cup Final. Viewers will then join Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and the rest of the club’s hockey operations brass in the boardroom and witness the sensitive discussions, phone calls and debates that were held before the major roster moves took place this offseason.

Later in Episode One, fans will get to know some of the new faces on the Bruins squad, as those players prepare for their first season as members of the Black & Gold, and will check in with some familiar faces to see the changes going on in their personal and professional lives.

The final segment covers the team’s annual Development Camp and brings viewers inside the weight room to spend time with Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides. Here, the team’s hockey operations staff identifies two prospects that they believe will challenge for an NHL roster spot when the team’s training camp opens on Wednesday, September 11.

The air dates and times on NESN for the remaining episodes, which will be 30 minutes in length, will be confirmed as the season progresses.

Other exclusive “Behind the B” related content will be available on BostonBruins.com and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.

“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode One air dates (all televised on NESN):
Mon. September 9, 8-9pm
Tue. September 10, 4-5pm
Sat. September 14, 7-8pm
Sun. September 15, 4:30-5:30pm
Sun. September 15, 9-10pm
Sun. September 22, 9-10pm
Fri. September 27, 4-5pm
Sat. September 28, 4:30-5:30pm