Meet Our Team

Managing Editors:

Joe Fortunato

Managing Editor

Joe Fortunato has been with Blueshirt Banter since its inception in 2009 and has been the Managing Editor since 2011.

Mike Murphy [He/Him/His]

Managing Editor

Creator of Their Hockey Counts, Co-Creator of CapBesties and Bench Bosses

Tom Urtz Jr. [He/Him/His]

Deputy Managing Editor

Perennially juggling things here and at Knights on Ice. Living & dying with New York Mets. ⚾🍎
"Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great."

Staff Writers:

Roberto Solis-Byxbee

Contributing Writer

Before he began contributing to Blueshirt Banter at the beginning of the 2021-22 season, Roberto was a long time reader going all the way back to the site's original launch. Living in enemy territory he savors any possibility to discuss or debate one of his favorite things on this planet, the New York Rangers. Other interests include anime, playing music, and table top games.

Jack McKenna

Contributing Writer

Jack has been a contributing writer to Blueshirt Banter since October 2016. In addition to his duties for Blueshirt Banter, Jack also covers high school sports in northern New Jersey as a freelance sports journalist for

Tom Dianora

Contributing Writer

Tom has been writing for Blueshirt Banter since the beginning of the 2021-22 season. He previously wrote for The Hockey Writers from 2014 through 2018, and served as a copy editor there from 2016 through 2018. He grew up as a New York Rangers fan and has followed the team closely since 1997. In addition, Tom is a two-time champion of New York Rangers Twitter Jeopardy. Other interests include Clemson University sports (mainly football) and guitar playing.

David Chiesa [He/Him/His]

Contributing Writer

David began writing at Blueshirt Banter for the 2022-23 season. David does not currently post on social media, but he can be reached at, though he can't imagine why you'd want to do that.