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Brock Richardson and his panel of sports experts engage in a lively round-table discussion about Parasports and professional sports news and newsmakers.

Brock Richardson and his panel of sports experts engage in a lively round-table discussion about Parasports and professional sports news and newsmakers.




Brock Richardson and his panel of sports experts engage in a lively round-table discussion about Parasports and professional sports news and newsmakers.






August 12, 2022

On today’s episode, female wheelchair basketball player Tara Llanes stops by to tell us about what it was like to win two events in the span of three weeks. Andy Frank, Manager of AMI Audio, joins us with a special announcement regarding the future of The Neutral Zone, he also joins in on a discussion surrounding the World Junior Hockey Championships and Hockey Canada. Plus, tennis star Serena Williams announces she will retire after this year’s U.S. Open. The panel chats about her career...


August 5, 2022

After 11 years of service to the sport of Boccia, César Nicolaï was recently promoted to head coach. He joins us to talk about how his career has evolved to where he is now. The 2022 MLB trade deadline has come and gone. The panel discusses some of the biggest moves around the league and we break down what the Toronto Blue Jays did or didn’t do at the deadline. Plus, cohosts Brock and Cameron recently attended a Toronto Argonauts game and they chat about their experience and the state of the...


July 29, 2022

Canadian Boccia athlete Allison Levine is coming off of her third consecutive international medal. She joins us to discuss what has led to that success. We continue our conversation around the hearings that hockey Canada is having surrounding sexual assault charges. The panel debate whether adding more diverse personnel will really solve the deeper issue of these accusations Plus, as we creep ever so close to the trade deadline in the MLB we discuss what the Toronto Blue Jays really need to...


July 22, 2022

Canadian Wheelchair Rugby player Zak Madell drops by to tell us about his team’s recent silver metal success at the 2022 Canada cup in Richmond BC Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League are under fire after settling a recent sexual assault case from June 2018. Since then they have publicly admitted each player pays $23.80 per season that goes directly into a fund that is specifically designated to settle sexual abuse claims. The panel discusses whether this is good forward thinking or...


July 15, 2022

2022 para swimmer and now world champion Danielle Dorris joins us to discuss her recent success at the World Championships. The Toronto Blue Jays are struggling right now, but in recent days the team has faced some unexpected adversity with the tragic death of first base coach Mark Budzinski’s daughter Julia. The panel discusses what impact this tragedy may have on their performance. Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser becomes a third woman in NHL history to be promoted to an assistant GM. In other NHL...


June 24, 2022

On today’s episode, Paralympic wheelchair racer Austin Smeenk joins us to discuss his career and his experience at the Tokyo Paralympic games in 2022 Canada was recently announced as one of the host countries for the 2026 World Cup. Approximately seven games will be played on Canadian soil between the cities of Vancouver and Toronto. There are reports out there that suggest Edmonton was a front runner. Find out why they are no longer involved when Cameron and Josh chat about this. Plus, the...


June 17, 2022

On today’s episode, Joshua Watson joins us to talk about the Athletics Ontario U20, Open and Para Provincial Championships. Unfortunately, the event was mismanaged and Josh tells us why this shouldn’t happen in the future. We continue our fifth-year anniversary with additional discussions surrounding the show and its proudest moments. Plus, we bring you the final results from this year’s Junior National wheelchair basketball event. We also bring you the latest in the NHL and NBA playoffs.


June 10, 2022

On today’s episode, The Neutral Zone is celebrating its fifth anniversary! We take a look back at changes to the show, some of our hosts’ favourite moments and some of our favourite guests. The gang will also be joined by one of the originals, Bret Wills and their first technical producer, and summer student, Nick Liske. We put a wrap on the Canada Cup wheelchair rugby tournament and we preview the international wheelchair basketball tournament taking place in Italy.


June 3, 2022

On this week’s episode, Brock Richardson talks about his experience at a regional Boccia competition and a rule that could drastically change the game for individuals with dexterity deficiencies at recreational and competitive levels. Canadian women’s National team member Claire Buchanan gives us the breakdown of the 2022-23 Canadian team that was recently selected. Plus, the panel brings you up to speed on mainstream sports rapid fire style! They will preview the NBA final, the 2022 Stanley...


May 27, 2022

On today’s episode, we give you the results from the 2022 Canadian para ice hockey championships that took place in Leduc Alberta. Our very own Josh Watson fills us in on how he did at the latest track and field event, the Johnny Loaring Classic, in Windsor Ontario. Host Brock Richardson previews his first Boccia event since 2018. We bring you up to speed on the Stanley Cup playoffs and Colorado’s Nazem Kadri is being ridiculed by “fans” on social media. The panel weighs in on what more can...


May 20, 2022

Para sport TV Creator and play-by-play guy Nicco Cardarelli stops by and gives us his impression on the 2022 Parasport Games. Brock and Josh also weigh in with their thoughts on the event both as medal presenter and athlete! The battle of Alberta is on for the first time since 1991! We will break down the first game and preview the rest of the series. The Toronto Maple Leafs suffer another first round exit in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs but President Brendan Shanahan says everything will...


May 13, 2022

The 42nd addition of the Ontario Para Sport Games are taking place from May 13-15th in Mississauga, Ontario. We give you all the details about this event and check in with and our very own Joshua Watson, who is competing in Para Athletics. The Toronto Blue Jays have been scuffling recently, how much of that is due to their own shortcomings or is it bad umpiring? The panel debates. Plus, as the Stanley Cup playoffs roll on, we get you up to speed on the top stories and the happenings around...


May 6, 2022

In another Moral Questions segment, we explore the topic of transgender athletes. We will take an in-depth look at a recent interview with Caitlyn Jenner where she breaks down why she believes transgender females should not compete with males from a biological standpoint. Vancouver GM Jim Rutherford says he will offer head coach Bruce Boudreau one more year behind the bench, but does he deserve more than just one year? Plus, former NFL coach Brian Florez filed a lawsuit against the NFL...


April 29, 2022

Paralympic snowboarder Lisa DeJong has only been involved internationally for a year! She joins us to discuss her early success. Can the Toronto Raptors season be considered a success after their loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal? Does Pascal Siakam really deserve to be viewed as part of the core of this team moving forward? As the NHL playoffs are just three days away, we preview the first round match ups for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary...


April 22, 2022

Two-time Paralympic snowboarding medallist Tyler Turner drops by to discuss his experiences at the Beijing Paralympic games and the debut of para-snowboarding. How much of the Toronto Raptors first round playoff struggles can be pinned on the officials? The panel takes an in-depth look at their opening-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. And, as the NHL season winds down and teams prepare for the playoffs, we discuss who should win the NHL’s most valuable player.


April 8, 2022

Ari Shapiro, host of the podcast Whiskey and Cream, stops by to preview the upcoming MLB season. Through a generous donation, Sanjay Malaviya, a Canadian healthcare technology entrepreneur, gives $5000 for any Olympic or Paralympic athlete who received a medal at either Tokyo or Beijing. This is the first time that Paralympic athletes will receive any money. For Olympic athletes, this money will be in addition to what they have already received. The panel debates a potential equality issue....


April 1, 2022

We wrap up the Canadian blind hockey championships and the cruiser sports para ice hockey champions Day that took place over the weekend, where both Claire Buchanan and Josh Watson took home some hardware! Former Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk passed away earlier this week. The panel discusses his legacy and success as an owner. We continue our conversation surrounding the MLB and this season's rule changes.


March 25, 2022

NHL on Sportsnet analyst Justin Bourne breaks down the 2022 Trade Deadline and discusses the winners and losers from the day. On our segment called Moral Questions we explore the topic of classifications in para sports and how it can discourage athletes from playing sports. Baseball’s back! We break down the collective bargaining agreement and some of the rule changes that will take effect this season.


March 18, 2022

On today’s episode, the Canadian para-ice hockey team won yet another silver medal, this marks 16 years since their last gold medal . We debate what’s next for hockey Canada and its para-ice hockey program. Canadian blind hockey play-by-play announcer, Nicco Cardarelli, joins us to discuss the 2022 Canadian Blind Hockey Championships which takes place from March 25-27th. The tournament makes its return for the first time in two years. Plus, if Russia and Belarus decide to take legal action...


March 11, 2022

Dominique Tremblay stops by to chat about the growth of the Paralympic movement, both as an athlete and now in an administrative role with the summer games. He shares his thoughts on where the biggest growth is currently needed. As we head into the final weekend of the Paralympic Games, Brock, Claire and Cameron breakdown the games and they weigh in on how they feel about CBC’s coverage of the games. Plus, Russia and Belarus were removed from the Paralympic Games and they left the Athlete’s...