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Unhappy Jack Edwards Stuck In NESN Studio For Bruins Road Games



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The NESN Boston Bruins play-by-play duo of Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley weren’t on the road with the Bruins for their first two road trips of the season and likely won’t be all season.

After calling games from the bubble in 2020 and then road games in 2021 from the NESN studios, Edwards and Brickley are still stuck in the tight confines of the NESN studios in Watertown, MA and he’s not happy.

“I hear it in many announcers’ voices when they’re calling games from the studio. I’m not alone in this,” Edwards told Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic recently. “It’s frustrating. But as the saying goes, that decision is made way above my pay grade.”

Like so many networks, NESN felt the wrath of the pandemic and took a huge financial hit. Thankfully though, like other local networks, no one was laid off as a result of the huge financial losses. 



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“We had done eight hockey games in the previous 10 months. You can imagine what that did to the bottom line,” Edwards said. “To their credit, NESN laid nobody off during the pandemic. That is remarkable humanity, especially in the broadcast world, where an entire competitor shut down. NBC Sports Boston vanished. Nobody lost his or her job at NESN. I trust them. I respectfully voiced my opinion, sometimes too loudly for their ears.”

Edwards, who hails from Durham, New Hampshire and got his broadcasting career started as a student at the University of New Hampshire and then at WGIR (radio) and WMUR-TV in Manchester, had a long journey to the Boston Bruins TV play-by-play booth at NESN. He worked in TV nationally for ESPN and locally at WCVB and WHDH in Boston, WJAR in Providence had a radio stop at WRKO in Boston. 

Edwards began his Boston Bruins play-by-play work in the 2005-06 season when he did the road games and the now-retired Dale Arnold did the home games. In 2007-08, Edwards and Andy Brickley (color) took over the NESN Boston Bruins booth and remain one of the most popular broadcasting duos in New England sports. Edwards is well-known for his unabashed, over-the-top enthusiasm and homer style.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Unhappy Jack and stay Unhappy since I watch but don’t listen to him. The Bruins team I listen to is Judd and Bob on 98.5 the sports hub on my sportsync radio. I have been listening to the radio call since Unhappy Jack called out the media and Bruins fans back in 2010 for the b’s play.Note to Jack Edwards all Bruins fans are not all Homer’s like you we give criticism when the team needs it.So I will continue to turn the TV sound down and listen to the number 1 Bruins team on the radio


As far as I am concerned, they can send Jackie-boy with his pre-prepared dumb comments on the road and leave him there. .He didn’t even know what day the Bruins were playing this weekend during the Wed. night broadcast!!! He has served his time with the Bruins and it’s time for him to return to the little league instead of boring us with his childish comments that only he thinks are funny and interesting to hockey fans. I do not stand alone on this opinion of him as I have been outspoken with other Bruins fans who agree wholeheartedly with… Read more »

Kyle terrio

I loves the jack man he is the most entertaining announcer in the NHL people commented below me can listen to the robots I’ll listen to Jack every chance I get ain’t nobody has more passion and excitement then jack


The very best they are, Jack and Andy.


I love him. What’s wrong with unabashed enthusiasm? He loves the game! Yes, he’s a homer. So are most announcers when they work for a local network. Tune in to LeafsTV sometime.


Keep up the good work, Jack (and Brick), love the love you bring to your fans.

Todd Sharek

I want them to travel. The NHL already screwed NESN by taking 13 of the 82 games away from them. I hate that so many now are on PAY streaming services. Reminds me when the Red Sox were on Channel 38 and then NESN–a pay cable channel–highjacked half their games. I want my goddamn home announcers THERE LIVE for all 82 games.

Bob Shannon

So do I. It’s very frustrating. I live out of state so I pay for NHL Center Ice. I still miss the games on ESPN+. When I listen to the Bruins I want to hear a homer.

Gregory Proffitt (Greg)

You should take the microphone from him too. The worst play by play voice in hockey… It sounds like he’s gargling..


I’m a decades long Bruins fan and even I have a hard time listening to Jack. I have no issues with the “homer” way he calls, but game in and game out he says some really stupid things that aren’t even close to being accurate.


He does say some stupid things sometimes, yes. But I’m sure you’ll admit it’s hard to find someone with a more colourful vocabulary.


Is it just me, or are the NESN games, especially the away games, marred and unenjoyable now – due to the decision from above directing the video graphics people to highlight the rectangular ads on the glass behind the net and the faceoff circles, at the expense of the remainder of the pixels carrying the game action? The ice is now a dull gray rather than bright white, and the player’s uniforms are about as colorful as ’50’s film noir Perry Mason episode! Yep, we noticed. Unwatchable. The greed leading to these broadcast decisions are breathtaking. Like the idiotic superimposed… Read more »

Erik Vornoff

I was watching the Bruins Habs Guy Lafleur game recently. I’ve never heard Jack Edwards sound disinterested. I couldn’t tell what it was, sadness maybe? Anyway they’re not going to let him broadcast the playoffs again and he must be P-O’d after all these years that he’s not allowed to do playoffs. Maybe a teeth whitener?

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