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Billy Whitfield
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If you’ve been to Rodman Arena in the past year you likely already know Billy Whitfield as he’s the facilities manager – the guy who keeps the rink systems up and running and the ice in pristine condition.

What you may not know is that he also is an experienced coach, and has helped develop players for the past decade. As such, Whitfield brings a unique perspective and skill set to the organization.

“Billy is very motivated and brings a lot of energy and experience to the Express,” said Express Owner Rob Barletta. “He’s done a great job off the ice as facilities manager, and now he’s doing a great job on the ice too. His knowledge and coaching legacy will serve our teams well.”

As a player at Northeastern University, Whitfield won two Beanpots, as well as the Unsung Hero award for his unselfish sportsmanship and team-first attitude. He also was named assistant captain his senior year, an impressive feat considering he was a walk-on. More impressive: while playing four years of high-level college hockey he earned a degree in electrical engineering.

In addition, Whitfield hit the minor league pro circuit, lacing up for the ECHL-Virginia Lancers/Roanoke Valley Rebels. He was team captain and assistant coach for five seasons, as well as 1st Team All-Star for three seasons (‘87-‘90). Other accolades include 1989-1990 League Best Defenseman, and 1987 League Champion.

As a coach, he’s currently the assistant for Walpole High School’s JV and varsity teams. Previously, he coached Natick High School JV and varsity from 2001-2005.