Maple Leaf Gardens in 2012

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 30) – I was thinking on Wednesday about the last time I saw a hockey rink in Maple Leaf Gardens. It was clearly after the final Leafs game – a 6-2 loss to Chicago on Read More

Ellis, Henderson United in Prayer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 28) – Having encountered the euphoria of winning a Stanley Cup and the misery of severe depression, Ron Ellis has long been pragmatic. In that vain, the former Maple Leafs right-winger is acutely aware of Read More

California 2012/Hockey/Neil Armstrong

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 27) – Midway through this month, I received a half-dozen messages on Twitter wondering if I had re-located to southern California. It was a pertinent question given the amount of time I’ve recently spent in Read More

NHL Labor Confusion Unnecessary

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 23) – Only one factor truly discourages awareness and understanding of the labor mechanism that involves the National Hockey League and its players: Emotion. Were it somehow feasible to remove – or even limit – Read More

Why NHL Owners Outlast Players/Fans

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Aug. 18) – I was intrigued to notice the bulletin on Friday night coming out of Rosemont, Ill. that National Hockey League players – according to their leader, Donald Fehr – are “unified in the Read More

Character is Leafs Prime Deficit

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Aug. 16) – Given the unparalleled situation in the final two months of last season, the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have only one shot at ending the franchise playoff absence of nine years Read More

No Hockey, Just Laughs (and Hate)

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Aug. 14) – You need not be a hockey fan to laugh uproariously while reading the new book I HATE EVERYONE… STARTING WITH ME by comedienne Joan Rivers. If you’re a parent, however, keep it Read More

Images of 2011-12 Leafs Season – Part 2

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Aug. 12) – In a string of fruitless, abysmal performances since the owners’ lockout of 2004-05, Maple Leafs took futility to an all-new level in the final months of last season. Sitting confidently, it appeared, Read More

Expect 60-Game Season Starting Jan. 1

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Aug. 10) – Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it: I got duped; sucked in by the polite banter and frequency of negotiation. But, the blinders are off today. This, from a hockey executive Read More

Images of 2011-12 Leafs Season – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Aug. 9) – It is just a tad uncomfortable here in Southern California this week. With temperatures in the San Fernando Valley topping out at 110 degrees Fahrenheit, a snow-bird from the north is all-but Read More

More From My Hockey Collection

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 6) – Before returning to Los Angeles this afternoon for a couple of weeks with the family, I spent time rummaging through my accumulation of hockey memorabilia here at home. The following is a random Read More

Luke Schenn in Orange

TORONTO (AUG. 4) – LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE DOUBLE THE FUN FOR LUKE SCHENN WITH HIS NEW TEAM, AS HE’LL TRADE HIS NO. 2 LEAFS JERSEY FOR NO. 22 WITH THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS. IN ABOVE PHOTO, LUKE IS FLANKED… Read More

Leafs Outdoor Classic Jersey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 1) – Marking one of the truly historic occasions in franchise history, the Maple Leafs are reaching back to their earliest years for a jersey to be worn at the Bridgestone Winter Classic next season. Read More

Best/Worst NHL Uniforms of All Time

RE-POST FROM JANUARY 2012 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 17) – Frequent visitors to this corner – and, perhaps, infrequent ones – are likely aware of my rather substantial collection of vintage NHL jerseys. Interest in these items has Read More
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