Tour of the MTS Centre

By HOWARD BERGER WINNIPEG (Dec. 31) – There will be lots of excitement tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs tangle for the first time with the “new” Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre here. The teams met at the Air… Read More

Ouch! Memories of the ‘Peg

By HOWARD BERGER WINNIPEG (Dec. 30) – The last time I covered a regular-season NHL game in this city I had just turned 37; was not yet a father; felt profound grief over the death of my mother two months… Read More

Leafs, Jets in Dead Heat For Saturday

By HOWARD BERGER RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 30) – The first encounter between the Maple Leafs and Jets in Winnipeg since February 1996 looms as a dandy on Saturday night, as the Eastern Conference rivals are dead-even after 37 games. A… Read More

Your Opinion on Ron Wilson’s Contract

By HOWARD BERGER RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 29) – Given the tone of media sentiment about the contract extension accorded Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson – which ranged from lukewarm to incredulous – I expected a similar backlash when soliciting TwitterRead More

Leafs Need a Streak – Badly

By HOWARD BERGER SUNRISE, Fla. (Dec. 28) – Though the Maple Leafs have done a good job of remaining in Eastern Conference playoff territory through nearly half the 2011-12 season, the club could be on the outside for a seventh… Read More

Hablas Espanol, Kevin Dineen?

By HOWARD BERGER SUNRISE, Fla. (Dec. 27) – It has been a week of mixed emotions for Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, who officially received a two-year contract extension on Christmas day and is now mourning the death of… Read More

Leafs Enjoy Games – On and Off the Ice

By HOWARD BERGER SUNRISE, Fla. (Dec. 26) – Give a kid a toy, huh? For Ron Wilson and Brian Burke – wealthy ex-college roommates and life-long pals – Twitter is proving the equivalent of that first model airplane received in… Read More

Wilson, Burke Now Inextricably Bound

By HOWARD BERGER SUNRISE, Fla. (Dec. 25) – Bah, humbug! That seems to be the general reaction in emails this morning to the news Ron Wilson has finally received a contract extension as coach of the Maple Leafs. First, understand… Read More

I’m Dreaming of a Humid Christmas

By HOWARD BERGER SUNRISE, Fla. (Dec. 25) – I swear it was the price… it really was. Otherwise, I’d be in Toronto right now with my wife and kids. Flying home from New York on Saturday – and then… Read More

Leafs Rescue Christmas

By HOWARD BERGER UNIONDALE, N.Y. (Dec. 24) – As late as Monday, it appeared the eggnog would be sour in Leafs land. A shoot-out loss to the L.A. Kings at Air Canada Centre proved flattering to the home team, as Read More

Reimer, Tebow Kindred Spirits

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 21) – In this week of Christmas, expressions of faith transcend denominational boundaries. Rational, caring people of any religious or spiritual persuasion share common threads of peace and goodwill. As a member of the Jewish… Read More

Once Again, Leafs Are Gracious Hosts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 20) – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Maple Leafs are wimping out on home ice. Yes, you have heard it… last season… the one before that… six years ago… two decades Read More

Wilson Needs Leafs to Pick It Up

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 18) – With his club sitting directly on the playoff bubble, Ron Wilson is in need of a helping hand… 20 of them, in fact. The crippling swoon of Novembers past appears to have been… Read More

Broken Record: Leafs Penalty Kill Collapses

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Dec. 17)  – “The main problem is our penalty killers are taking the penalties.” Leave it to Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson to summarize an issue in the fewest number of words. On this night; on… Read More

Connolly Nabbed While Leaving Arena

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Dec. 16) – Tim Connolly almost escaped. Friendly and accommodating, though clearly reticent of media, the ex-Buffalo Sabres forward was quietly sneaking out of First Niagara Center today just as a pack of reporters left the… Read More

Leafs-Carolina Rumors; More on Crosby

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Dec. 16) – My old pal and radio colleague, Bill Watters, created some chatter this week when he suggested the Maple Leafs were interested in acquiring big centre Eric Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes, who… Read More

It’s Sad, But Crosby Should Consider Retirement

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 14) – Sidney Crosby and Eric Lindros are seperated by a lone jersey digit and their National Hockey League careers could be intertwined by an even slighter margin. Though it is terribly disheartening, No. 87… Read More

Too Much Emphasis On One Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 13) – Sorry if I’m not in the gynormous camp that believes disaster will befall the Maple Leafs should they somehow lose to Carolina tonight at the ACC. I might remind anxious followers of the… Read More
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