Neutral Zone Hotel

Neutral Zone Hotel

Neutral Zone Hotel is an unapologetically left-leaning, inclusive podcast about hockey, topics around hockey, and, sometimes, things that aren't hockey. The show features a rotating crew of six hosts and their special guests, who will discuss current events, take deep dives into interesting topics, and occasionally break for a bit of fun. We welcome all fans, new and old, to check into the Neutral Zone Hotel with us. Logo design by Emily Mowbray


February 23, 2024 71 mins
Trevor and Benjamin are traveling to see hockey games in multiple cities and want to talk about it. But first, there is so much news. Jarmo Kekäläinen was fired, Morgan Rielly's suspension was upheld, Jaromir Jagr's number was retired, and it was another big week in the PWHL, with the setting of another attendance record.

0:00 Benjamin welcomes John, SJ, and Trevor to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

02:34 The Columbus Blue Jackets have final...
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This week, SJ, Benjamin, and Trevor discuss the big PWHL trade, the results of the Rivalry Series, The Code and its place in the game today, and the change of the NHL's jersey supplier from Adidas to Fanatics. Also, why it doesn't matter that Marie-Philip Poulin doesn't have a no-trade clause.

0:00 SJ welcomes Benjamin and Trevor to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

3:29 The first trade in PWHL history happened in the last week. PWHL Boston t...
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February 9, 2024 76 mins
NOTE: There was some misplaced audio around 24:30 in the original upload. This has been fixed.

It's a big news week. First up, we will note a trigger warning in the final NHL news segment starting at 28:24. There is an update about the SA case against five members of the Canadian World Junior team. There is no discussion of the incident in question, but please skip to the next section if you'd rather not listen. In other news, Sean...
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There are a lot of ups and downs this week. First up, a long discussion about the five players from the 2018 Canadian World Juniors team who are being charged with sexual assault. Then, a fantastic discussion with ESPN's Greg Wyshynski about the changes in sports media over the course of his career. Finally, the crew remembers one guy which turns into both remembering a lot of guys and looking forward to an exciting new wave of wom...
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January 26, 2024 59 mins
This week, through floods and internet outages, Trevor, SJ, and John talk about the week in hockey and Trevor's experience at the Canucks' Pride Night game.

0:00 Trevor welcomes SJ and John to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

3:00 In this week's PWHL update, the crew discusses how Minnesota is an unstoppaple juggernaut, Marie-Philip Poulin is the greatest, the first PWHL shootout, and The Abby Roque Experience.

19:23 Patrick Roy is back in th...
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January 19, 2024 74 mins
It's goaltender week at Neutral Zone Hotel. There's a big discussion about goalies that could be on the move, or who should have been on the move, or who teams wish had been on the move before the season. Also, there's some PWHL talk and a Vibes Cup update.

0:00 This week, Benjamin welcomes Trevor and Alex to the Neutral Zone Hotel

2:38 In this week's PWHL update, the crew discusses the players who will take part in the NHL's All-St...
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It's been a busy week in hockey and the crew is ready to talk about it. The first week of the PWHL season is complete, the USA beat Sweden to win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships, the Philadelphia Flyers don't want Cutter Gauthier, the first round of NHL All-Star selections are in, one of the Connors is injured, and the Leafs gave William Nylander all the money. But even more importantly, something strange is up wit...
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This week, the crew discusses two big games that happened on New Year's Day: The first PWHL game and the NHL Winter Classic. Also, the Ottawa Senators have a new GM, Benjamin drops in live from the PWHL game in Ottawa, and the crew proposes a New Year's resolution every NHL team.

0:00 John welcomes Alex, SJ, and Trevor to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

2:21 Neutral Zone Hotel presents New Year's resolutions for the Atlantic Division.

6:05 Th...
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It's a holiday week, and so it's a skeleton crew at the Neutral Zone Hotel this week. John and Benjamin are here to introduce a collection of previously recorded, but unheard segments. Yes, it's a clip show. We have a habit of running long, and so here are a couple of segments cut from recent episodes, and also a couple of games that we recorded for our third and final test episode, recorded back in September.

0:00 John welcomes Be...
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December 22, 2023 61 mins
On this week's show, the crew previews a lot of things that are going to take place in the next few weeks: The inaugural PWHL season, the Winter Classic, and the World Junior Championships. But first, the crew discusses DJ Smith, the latest NHL head coach to be fired this season. The episode also includes the usual off-topic digressions, including some fun facts about Pierre McGuire and Benjamin's Don Cherry impression.

0:00 Benjam...
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December 15, 2023 54 mins
On this week's show, the crew struggles to stay on topic. They discuss the latest in AHL and NHL suspensions, ugly hits, the start of the PWHL season, the number of jerseys in John's closet, the Caps moving to Virginia, how the Lightning are almost as bad as the Senators but the Senators aren't as bad as you think, Vegas' overtime record, Hughes-a-Palooza, and how the Kings are on track to win the Presdent's Trophy. Also, Trevor ma...
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This week's episode features a continuation of our discussion on neck protection and some salary cap talk before an amazing discussion with Dakota artist Cole Redhorse Taylor, from the Prarie Island Community, about his art and designing the goalie mask that Marc-Andre Fleury wore in warmups on the Wild's Native American Heritage Night.

This week, Benjamin welcomes SJ, Trevor, and John to the Neutral Zone Hotel for their shift.

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It was another ridiculous news week in the NHL. Marc-Andre Fleury broke a stupid rule, Corey Perry broke an unspecified rule and got fired, the Panthers and Senators broke all the rules and got kicked out of the game, and Dean Evason forgot to tell his goalies to make a save and he got fired. The crew breaks all that down, talks up the start of the PWHL season, and introduces a new segment, The Vibes Cup.

Trevor welcomes Alex, Benja...
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November 24, 2023 73 mins
It's an American Thanksgiving special edition of Neutral Zone Hotel. All of our Canadian hosts are working while SJ and Alex are off. We have a special report on the Mullet Arena Experience(tm) from our friend Nick. But before that, there is plenty of dicussion on Luke Prokop's callup to the AHL, the NHL's Global Series games in Sweden, The Fake World Cup of Hockey, the province of Quebec paying up to $7 million to bring the Los An...
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November 17, 2023 66 mins
This week SJ welcomes Jess, Alex, and John to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

1:52 The Oilers finally fired coach Jay Woodcroft and replaced him with Connor McDavid's junior coach and noted shithead Paul Coffey. The crew has thoughts.

37:01 John leads a discussion on some statistical records set by all-time bad NHL teams and the crew decided whether or not this year's Sharks can break those records.

48:31 Alex has four surprising teams this ...
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November 9, 2023 76 mins
This week Benjamin welcomes Trevor and Alex to the Neutral Zone Hotel where they once again are faced with poor starts, hot seats, and suspensions.

9:34 The crew discusses the Oilers waiving Jack Campbell and how hot Jay Woodcroft's seat is.

18:44 Andrew Mangiapane got suspended for one game for mauling Jared McCann. The crew, unsurpringly, has takes.

26:33 The crew analyzes the horrible start to the Sharks' season.

41:45 It's break t...
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November 3, 2023 58 mins
Alex welcomes Benjamin, Jess, and John to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

4:06 First up this week, a discussion of the tragic death of Adam Johnson, who was killed by a skate cut in a professional game in England.

Next up, it's suspension news. The crew discuss two suspensions announced in the last week.
16:13 Ottawa's Shane Pinto was suspended 41 games for a breach of the NHL's gambling rules.
28:07 Boston's Charlie McAvoy was suspended for ...
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This week Alex welcomes John, SJ, and Jess back to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

1:46 First, John and SJ update the crew on their feelings about their teams' start to the season. Spoiler alert: it's not good.

Taping day was a big news day and the crew talk through a few of the stories:
5:41 First up, it was Craig Anderson Day in Ottawa.
8:30 Then, it's yet another update in the NHL Pride Tape saga as the league rescinds its idiotic ban foll...
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October 20, 2023 69 mins
This week, Benjamin welcomes Alex, Jess, and Trevor to their shift at the Neutral Zone Hotel.
1:31 The crew talks about how they're feeling about the start of the season.
8:23 The crew quickly discusses recent signings by the Winnipeg Jets and the Buffalo Sabres.
17:48 This week's PWHL updates include training camp rosters and waiver rules.

In the second segment, the crew talks more about the NHL Pride Tape ban:
25:18 Trevor and Jess g...
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This week, Alex welcomes Benjamin, SJ, and John for their shift in the Neutral Zone Hotel.

1:40 The crew discusses the biggest story on opening day of the NHL season: The NHL's ban on specialty jerseys, Pride Tape, and any other on ice support for "special initiatives," instituted because seven players opted out of wearing special warmup jerseys on Pride nights last year.

47:53 Next up is our first ever movie review. SJ has watched...
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