Burke Should Cartwheel For Brodeur

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 30) – So, here’s the deal as it stands on the cusp of free agency: Maple Leafs are poised to head into next season with one significant change. James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn. Decent Read More

What a Few Hours For Pat Quinn

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 27) – It was brief; simple, yet spellbinding TV. As it does with everything related to its signature property, TSN absolutely nailed coverage of Tuesday’s announcement from the Hockey Hall of Fame that Pavel Bure, Read More

Will Top-Scoring Leaf Receive Ultimate Honor?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 25) – Though he’s among a marvelous cast of first-time eligible players, one of the greatest-ever Maple Leafs will raise nary an eyebrow if he enters hockey immortality on Tuesday. Mats Sundin, nestled without challenge Read More

Headline Writers Blow It, Big-Time

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 24) – For one of the few occasions I can remember, local newspaper headlines mislead hockey fans in this city – out of naivety and carelessness. “LEAFS TRADE FOR BRAWN” screamed the front page of Read More

Luke For JVR Good Hockey Trade

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 23) – Given his tenure as GM of the Maple Leafs, Brian Burke made a move today that will likely pan out. Trading has been bold and mostly productive since Burke assumed the managerial reign Read More

Kings of the NHL… Finally

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 12) – Here’s to you, Jack Kent Cooke. Four-and-a-half decades after a Canadian business tycoon won the bidding war for a National Hockey League expansion team in southern California, Cooke’s baby – the Los Read More

Game Day… Again

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 11) – We know one thing for certain: the Los Angeles Kings will play their final home game of the 2011-12 National Hockey League season here tonight. Remaining to be determined is whether it’s Read More

Kings Need to Slam Door

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 11) – Rather than studying portions of videotape from the Stanley Cup final, the DVD of an afternoon game here on May 6 should be mandatory viewing for the Los Angeles Kings. It was Read More

Devils Still Have Life, But…

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 10) – Relax, southern California… the Hollywood script is unfolding. It wouldn’t be appropriate for a team to dominate the Stanley Cup playoffs the way the Los Angeles Kings have this spring and win the Read More

Stanley Cup Game 5 Prelude

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 9) – As always, it was a busy morning around the rink on game day, as the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings prepped for their latest Stanley Cup battle tonight. L.A. gets a Read More

L.A. Kings (and Sutter) Relaxed

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 9) – Though I’ve been around the Los Angeles Kings for nearly two months, having covered each of their games in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, I do not profess the same familiarity as those Read More

Which Coast is it Today?

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 8th) – At least I think I’m in Newark… let me check. Oh yes, the Blackberry says EDT, which means I’m back on the Atlantic side of North America. Actually, it was still June 7th Read More

Not Yet…

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 7) – It is entirely understandable why hockey fans of this city – and the people that run this city – were prepping for the mother-lode of celebrations last night. Though the Los Angeles Read More

Kings Legend Pulling For L.A. Fans

By HOWARD BERGER EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (June 6) – The man that scored the first-ever goal for the Los Angeles Kings said yesterday he will watch tonight’s fourth game of the Stanley Cup final intently – but without emotion. “I Read More

Hockeywood Ready to Erupt

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 5) – There are people in this world that know exactly what the Los Angeles Kings could begin to experience as early as tomorrow night: Sandy Koufax… Fernando Valenzuela… Steve Garvey… Ron Cey… Davey Read More

It Bears Repeating: Kings Are Remarkable

By HOWARD BERGER EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (June 4) – Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final didn’t score particularly high for artistic impression yet both were filled with drama in the third period and, of course, overtime. Among Read More

Not in OUR Lifetime

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 3) – Though I’ll stop short of saying “never again”, I can virtually assure any person old enough to be reading this passage that you will not witness, for a second time, what has happened Read More

Upstaging the Stanley Cup?

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 2) – Less than 24 hours after the greatest European to ever play in the National Hockey League announced his retirement, the goalie of the defending Stanley Cup champions suggested he would take a year’s Read More
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