Down the Frozen River is just another hockey blog that started from humble beginnings as a place to ramble about hockey while in college.


Meet the Crew

Nick Lanciani– I started this mess in Feb. 2014, then became too busy in the semester so I waited until that June to post my mock draft, because I would have written it anyway, printed it out and sat on my couch crossing off all the picks I got wrong.

I attended my first NHL game in 2004 and we’ve been in a relationship ever since.

In 2017, I graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a degree in communication and a minor in sport management, as well as three years of experience working in live production in the NFL, NHL and MLB.

P.S. I’m currently available for hire.

Colby Kephart– Short and to the point, he’s like John Tortorella, but actually shorter (in height). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Sport Management from Queens University of Charlotte and loves the production and graphic design elements of all things sports.

He’s been to a few NHL games in his time and has his own op-ed, affectionally known as “Colby’s Corner“.

Jordan Dettrow– He joined Down the Frozen River in late February/early March 2016, after merging his and Pete’s hockey blog with DTFR— like how the NHL and WHA merged. They gave up their history and we added them as expansion teams.

Jordan’s a big college hockey guy, as he’s a 2016 graduate of Bowling Green State University and a lifelong Bleacher Creature at heart.

When he’s not teaching or being a dad, he makes content on our College Hour and splits time with Pete handling all of your mean tweets.

Peter Merkle– He’s been around here since Sept. 2017, when Jordan convinced him to join the crew on a “full-time” basis and you might recognize him as a less cool version of Cap’n Cornelius among Columbus Blue Jackets fans.

But when he’s not hanging around Nationwide Arena, you can catch him going fast in a car (usually around a racetrack, though we can neither confirm nor deny if he goes over the speed limit on regular roads).

He’s got his very own Weekly Bumblings that he cares deeply about, so make him happy and read it, thanks.

Cap’n Cornelius– Mysterious in many ways, Cap’n has brought a lot of Blue Jackets fans to the site (and a ton of Leafs fans since they usually share his stuff on Reddit, so hello, Toronto).

He’s been around these neck of the woods since Sept. 2017, but you can find him in the real world at [REDACTED].

Honestly, not much is known about this guy.

Jess Belmosto– One of our newest DTFR members, you might recognize Jess from all the other places she’s written for and podcasts she hosts and/or has appeared on, like the Locked on Flames Podcast, Garden Gals and our own.

Matt Burnett– Our other newest member of the blog is a suffering fan of the San Jose Sharks and a recurring co-host on our podcast.

Former Contributors

Connor Keith– One of our Original Three members, Connor loves spreadsheets and in-depth pieces loaded with stats, but he doesn’t do anything here anymore because he’s too good for us. We’re only partially joking, he really is great at everything he does, so he’s got a real job now.

He was in charge of our Daily Matchup content and was a regular on the podcast.

Frank Fanelli– Frank joined the crew in March 2016 and stuck around for a season and a half before moving on to write for other outlets because he’s cool like that. Occasionally we still consult his expert analysis as a beer league player/ref on the podcast, but you can check out his latest writings at his current gig with Student Union Sports.

DTFR– Passion. Opportunity. Fun.