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

Episodes

June 21, 2024 67 mins
Benjamin welcomes Alex and SJ to the Neutral Zone Hotel

02:12 Pascal Vincent fired in Columbus
09:17 Ryan Warsofsky hired in San Jose
14:54 Eric Tulsky is the new GM in Carolina
20:37 Filip Hronek signs an 8 year deal in Vancouver
26:04 Natalie Spooner named IIHF Player of the Year
27:59 Britta Curl issues an "apology"
29:28 Utah HC releases colors and jersey design

Western Conference offseason needs lightning round: 34:00 Anaheim, 40:27 C...
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0:00 This week, SJ welcomes Alex and Benjamin for their shifts at the Neutral Zone Hotel

1:39 It's the Stanley Cup Final. The crew discusses the American Sign Language (ASL) broadcast of the Finals.

12:09 The crew recaps the first two games of the Finals, and discusses Sergei Bobrovsky's Hall of Fame case and the job Bill Zito has done constructing the Panthers. 

24:47 The crew talks the Leon Draisaitl hit that took Sasha Barkov out o...
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June 7, 2024 68 mins
It's championship season, and Benjamin and SJ are here to recap or preview several of them, in the NHL, the PWHL, and the Memorial Cup. 

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

2:30 The NHL conference finals are over. The Florida Panthers will be returning to the Cup Final for the second year straight and the Edmonton Oilers will be making their first appearance since 2006. The crew discusses the bright future outlook fo...
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May 31, 2024 73 mins
Benjamin welcomes Alex, SJ, and Trevor to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

03:17 Controversy in Game 4 of the PWHL Walter Cup Final

The coaching carousel spins spins spins with 16:37 Sheldon Keefe in New Jersey, 23:04 Scott Arniel in Winnipeg, and 27:48 Dan Bylsma in Seattle.

39:21 Don Waddell is hired to do everything in Columbus and Eric Tulsky becomes interim GM in Carolina. 

48:52 Czechia takes gold in the 2024 IIHF Men's World Championship...
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May 24, 2024 78 mins
Also, PWHL and NHL playoff recaps and previews!

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

1:16 First up, the crew discusses the PWHL semifinals. 

10:37 The PWHL has started announcing its award winners for the season. As always, the crew has thoughts. 

28:24 The crew turns its attention to the NHL playoffs. First up, is a recap of the Oilers-Canucks series and a preview of Stars-Oilers.

40:32 Next up, the crew previews Ranger...
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0:00 Benjamin welcomes Trevor to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

1:15 The crew talks about whether the Vancouver Canucks can hold out against a top-heavy Edmonton Oilers team or if the Oilers will ultimately score their way out of their defensive problems.

16:42 There's bad blood between the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins. The crew discusses whether Sam Bennett should have gotten suspended for knocking Brad Marchand out of game 4. (Spoil...
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The crew celebrates PWHL playoffs, shrugs at the draft lottery, and mulls over the fates of the NHL teams that have now been eliminated from Stanley Cup contention.

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

02:01 PWHL playoffs are here!

09:05 The NHL draft lottery results are in and it was a big MEH.

15:44 Travis Green has been hired as head coach of the Ottawa Senators. The crew asks whether they should have shelled ...
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0:00 Trevor welcomes Benjamin and SJ for their shift at the Neutral Zone Hotel

3:29 This week, all of the NHL head coaches named David were fired. 

18:53 The crew talks about the likelihood of Sheldon Keefe being fired even though his name is not David. 

21:21 The crew discusses hockey broadcasts moving from cable packages to streaming. 

32:51 The PWHL season is almost over. The crew discusses playoff clinching scenarios, ticket prices...
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0:00 SJ welcomes Benjamin to the Neutral Zone Hotel this week.

1:19 The crew reflects on the recent increase in interest in not only the PWHL, but in womens' sports generally and what that means for all of the leagues in the future. 

15:46 The crew talks PWHL playoff clinching scenarios.

19:16 The crew discusses the Buffalo Sabres hiring former head coach Lindy Ruff to replace Don Granato and Benjamin recounts the history of Lindy Ruf...
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April 19, 2024 88 mins
0:00 Alex welcomes John, Trevor and SJ to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

2:47 The crew discusses the final games of the Women's World Championships.

13:34 The Arizona Coyotes are moving to Utah. Sort of. The players, coaches, and front office staff are going and the name, IP, and AHL affiliate are staying in Arizona. Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo has five years to build an arena in Arizona and pay back the purchase price to reinstate the Coyot...
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0:00 Alex welcomes Benjamin and SJ to the Neutral Zone Hotel.

1:13 Benjamin and John went to Utica last weekend to watch four games of the Womens' World Championships. Benjamin survived to tell the tale of his experience attending the Women's World Championships last weekend. (I did not survive, R.I.P. me)

16:28 PWHL updates: The crew talks about the teams starting to announce pride nights, Ottawa has sent out its season ticket renew...
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April 5, 2024 75 mins
0:00 Benjamin welcomes SJ and Trevor to the Neutral Zone Hotel
4:17 The ECHL's Newfoundland Growlers has been forced to fold, a week before the end of the season. 
16:31 Ivan Fedotov was released by his KHL team and has finally joined the Philadelphia Flyers.
28:09 Trevor gives a quick update on the Vancouver Canucks and SJ gives an update on the Seattle Kraken.
43:45 SJ has watched every NHL team broadcast this season and gives their ...
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0:00 Trevor welcomes Alex and Benjamin to the Neutral Zone Hotel.
1:35 Benjamin discusses the current state of the Montreal Canadiens.
3:48 Alex discusses the current state of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
7:10 A truckload of Jaromír Jágr bobbleheads was stolen. The crew is on the case.
11:43 Sam Reinhart and Zach Hyman have each scored 50 goals for the first time in their careers, and they scored the 50th on the same day. 
18:49 Tom Wilson ...
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March 22, 2024 58 mins
It was a big week for the PWHL and the crew has a lot of thoughts about it. They then pivot to a more depressing, but necessary discussion of NHL enforcers, CTE, and death.

SJ welcomes Trevor and Benjamin to the Neutral Zone Hotel.
2:29  PWHL Takeover Weekend was a smashing success in Detroit and Pittsburgh. Benjamin talks about attending the game in Pittsburgh and also shares some bar stories from the trip. 
  
16:22  The first ever P...
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March 15, 2024 68 mins
This week, the crew recaps the trade deadline. 

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

1:31 The crew summarizes the NHL trade deadline: 
2:27 Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks
27:34 New Jersey Devils
35:58 Colorado Avalanche
41:37 Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins
55:51 Quick Hits

1:03:11 In non-trade deadline news, New York Rangers forward Matt Rempe was suspended four games for elbowing. 

1:06:...
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March 7, 2024 69 mins
This week, the crew looks forward to the trade deadline, with discussions of a few of the early deals. Also, the Devils fire Lindy Ruff, a rare Connor Bedard rookie card, and a Willy Wonka hot take.

0:00 Alex welcomes Benjamin, SJ, and Trevor to the Neutral Zone Hotel for their shift.

2:48 The Devils have finally fired head coach Lindy Ruff. Benjamin blames Devils management for their problems this year.

17:30 The Leafs traded for Ily...
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March 1, 2024 69 mins
It's a big week for the PWHL as new information about playoffs and the draft are released, but before that, the crew discusses Adam Ružička's contract termination. And after that, Benjamin shouts out the SHL's Pride Week.

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

1:35 Adam Ružička's contract is terminated by the Arizona Coyotes after a video surfaces of the player with what appears to be cocaine. SJ is mad about...
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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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February 16, 2024 63 mins
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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