Down the Frozen River is just another hockey blog from just another hockey fan.


Established in 2014, Down the Frozen River is committed to providing analysis and insight from those who know the sport best (or claim to know the sport best) the fans. We hope you look forward to reading our posts and follow us on Twitter (@DtFrozenRiver) and “Like” us on Facebook!

Meet the Crew

Nick Lanciani– I started this in February 2014, then promptly procrastinated until that June to post my mock draft that I would have written anyway, printed out and sat with on my couch while watching the entry draft, crossing off everything I got wrong. I attended my first NHL game in 2004 and tell people I’ve been in a relationship with the sport since then (ah, true love). In 2017, I graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a degree in communication and a minor in sport management. Oh, and one more fun fact, I’ve worked in the NFL, NHL and MLB.

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Colby Kephart– brings the realism to Down the Frozen River. Short and to the point, he’s like John Tortorella in a post game interview, but with more words. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Sport Management from Queens University of Charlotte. Colby’s been to a few NHL games in his time. He’s our Don Cherry around here and has his own Cherry-esque opinion column, called Colby’s Corner.

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Connor Keith– is one of our Original Three members, if you ignore the fact that two of them came on board with the idea eight months after the website was created. Bad with names and perhaps a bit too much in love with spreadsheets on Excel, Connor writes in-depth articles for fun. A 2016 graduate of Queens University of Charlotte (I guess that makes him cooler than us), he studied Communication (what a surprise) and wrote for panthers.com last season (that’s the Carolina Panthers, mind you). He finally went to an NHL game a few of seasons ago and is in charge of the Game of the Day column on our Daily Matchup page.

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Jordan Dettrow– joined Down the Frozen River in late February/early March 2016 and specializes in tracking, following, talking and writing about all things college hockey and minor league hockey. Jordan is a 2016 graduate of Bowling Green State University (and a lifelong Bleacher Creature at heart). When he’s not following all forms of hockey, Jordan spends his time as a high school social studies teacher. He runs our College Hour page and provides weekly college hockey columns, special features and is our social media coordinator.

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Pete Merkle– new to DTFR since September 2017, Pete’s got good stuff and his full bio is coming soon.

Cap’n Cornelius– mysterious in many ways, Cap’n has brought a lot of Blue Jackets fans to the site and more since September 2017, so make yourselves at home, Columbus, I guess (full bio coming soon).

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Frank Fanelli– Frank moved on from our crew this offseason after joining DTFR around March 2016. He still brings his knowledge of the game from a player and ref’s perspective when we consult him and spent the better part of the last decade playing the game in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Check out his latest writings at his current gig with Student Union Sports.

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We are always looking to add to the team if you have the passion to bring DTFR above and beyond. Check out our Contact Us page and Rarely Asked Questions page for more.

DTFR– Passion. Opportunity. Fun.

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