NHL Source: Mediation Could Work

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 27) – The no-effort aspect of the NHL lockout – exponential as the days and weeks accumulate – is to disdain any form of confidence in a resolution. Elevating one’s hope for a truce between Read More

No Shame in Rooting For Argos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 26) – Oddly enough, in a city where champions come to die, there is life today. The first major-league conquest in Toronto since 2004 may not have been captured by the most popular team in Read More

NHL, NHLPA Long Ago Hit V-1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 22) – I always enjoy the insight of my friend and mentor, Pierre McGuire, who has forgotten more about hockey than most will ever know. And, I agreed entirely with Pierre when he told viewers Read More

Nuclear Winter “Still Avoidable”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 21) – As the emotional pendulum of the NHL lockout continues swaying to and fro, there is still abundant opportunity for the owners and players to bridge their differences. But, time is running short. “What Read More

Study in Violence: Leafs vs. Flyers 1976

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 20) – My Lord, was it a sweat-box in Maple Leaf Gardens. Thirty-six years and seven months ago, yet burned into memory. Stanley Cup playoff games lasting more than 3½ hours. The battling, underdog Leafs Read More

NHL Source: Season in “Grave Jeopardy”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) – The pessimistic tone of the NHL lockout – on the cusp of a bargaining session planned for New York – made a bit more sense to me after chatting, earlier today, with a Read More

Argos at Home – 30 Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) – It was the third week of November in 1982 and the Argonauts dominated every corner of this city. Could it happen again? We’ll soon find out. Though times have clearly changed over the Read More

Intervention Unlikely in Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 16) – Unquestionably, the labor dispute between NHL players and owners would benefit from a neutral third party – as would any stalled negotiation. A domestic quarrel, for example, is frequently resolved by a relative Read More

Hall of Fame Induction Too Important

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 13) – With the NHL lockout approaching its third month, concern developed in some quarters that the labor squabble would diminish Monday night’s Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony. Not a chance. If anything, it allowed Read More

Argos Love NHL Lockouts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 12) – Whether or not you, as a Toronto sports fan, pay attention to the Canadian Football League, there is no denying that the Argonauts are adept at taking advantage of a hockey void in Read More

Lockout Impacts Collector’s Fair

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 11) – As I do each Autumn, I dropped by the Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo at the Toronto International Centre on Saturday afternoon: the 45th annual Fall edition. Like every year, I expected a Read More

What a Week: Grapes and Orr

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 9) – For those who have forgotten, hockey is a terrific, multi-dimensional sport – capable of sustaining itself at the worst of times. With the game in a holding pattern once again, it requires no Read More

Imagine the Double Celebration

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 8th) – I know I’m dreaming a little here, or maybe a lot. But, I keep imagining the environment at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday night if the NHL Read More

Beware of Dangerous Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 6) – The most menacing game in hockey does not involve slashing, elbowing, high-sticking or bulldozing rival players. It has nothing to do with ice, skates, arenas or private luxury suites. Conducted every eight years Read More

Leafs Will Trade James Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 2) – If speculation about Roberto Luongo joining the Maple Leafs comes to fruition – as I firmly believe – James Reimer will change uniforms as well. It likely will not be as part of Read More
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