BILLY JAFFE APPOINTED AS HEAD COACH FOR MACCABI USA’S MASTERS MEN’S ICE HOCKEY TEAM FOR THE 20th WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, July 25, 2016 – Maccabi USA is proud to announce the appointment of Billy Jaffe as the Head Coach of Team USA’s Masters Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 4-18, 2017. Team USA’s Masters Men’s Ice Hockey team members will be part of the overall 1,200+ member USA Team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games.

Jaffe is a two-time Maccabi USA alumni, serving as the Team Captain for Team USA’s silver-medal winning Open Men’s Ice Hockey team at the 1997 World Maccabiah Games and acting as Head Coach for the silver-medal winning Open Men’s Ice Hockey team at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games. Professionally, he is an on-air ice hockey analyst for the New England Sports Network, primarily covering the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He also works for the NHL Network. Prior to his career, Jaffe played collegiate Ice Hockey for the University of Michigan.

“I’m very excited to enjoy another Maccabiah experience that combines hockey, culture and travel to one of the most unique and special places in the world in Israel,” Jaffe said. “I’m looking to bring a gold medal experience – both on and off the ice – to a team of hockey players that I know will become friends for life.”

Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish athletes to represent Team USA in Ice Hockey at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in the Masters Men division, ages 40+. To apply, click here.

Tryouts for the Masters Men’s Ice Hockey team will take place September 10, 2016, in Brooklyn, NY.

The 20th World Maccabiah Games are the world’s third largest international sporting event and will consist of over 9,000 athletes from 75 countries participating in 42 different sports. To learn more about the sports and age divisions offered, please visit our website.

The World Maccabiah Games are more than an international sporting competition; they are a celebration of Jewish culture, unity and pride. ISRAEL CONNECT, Maccabi USA’s unique cultural and educational program, takes place for seven days prior to the start of the Games. All Juniors, Youth, Open and Paralympic athletes must participate in the program, where they have the opportunity to tour historical and religious sites, take part in cultural identity seminars and train with their teams, all while developing lifelong relationships.

For more information, please contact Shane Carr, Maccabi USA Program Director at 215.561.6900 x 4147 or via email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The organization is one of 38 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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