At the age of 17, Mark was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye condition called Leber's Optic Neuropathy and became legally blind. An accomplished junior hockey player, he had planned to attend university on an athletic scholarship. Instead, Mark discovered Blind Hockey. In 2009, he founded the national charity Courage Canada, which teaches blind and partially sighted youth to skate.
Mark was a 2010 Paralympic torchbearer, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medalist and a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award. Mark is also an experienced public speaker who has been recognized at a local and national level by countless media, politicians and celebrities. Follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkDeMontis
Rob Simpson produces and co-hosts Sports Access. A seasoned broadcast professional, he has reported for Leafs TV, NHL Network, NHL.com, MSG Network, and NESN. He also produced and hosted a documentary featuring the NHL's first visit to Africa with Right To Play. Follow Rob on Twitter: @simmerpuck