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

NHLPA Ignoring Reality; Gambling Careers

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 31) – In an effort to corral meaningless public opinion, the National Hockey League Players Association continues to disdain time. Invaluable, irrevocable time. Another “internal” communique this week magically appeared on selected media outlets: “Read More

Why NHL Will Not Re-Locate to Toronto

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 26) – Do not expect the Phoenix Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, or any club bleeding red ink in the National Hockey League to re-locate here in the Greater Toronto Area. It has nothing Read More

Are We Heading Down the Same Path?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 25) – With reasonable hope for an 82-game National Hockey League schedule doused – and assuming there was hope to begin with – it is not incomprehensible that a second entire season could vanish in Read More

The Month Toronto Ruled Baseball, Hockey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) – It still ranks as the most electrifying moment in this city’s professional sporting annals: 19 years ago tonight – Oct. 23, 1993 – when Joe Carter touched ’em all at SkyDome. Carter’s three-run Read More

Farrell, Burke and Bountiful Deception

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) – In the public arena, there is nothing so humdrum as denial. Whether in sports, politics, entertainment – any community, in fact, with widespread acclaim – denial is almost always affirmation. A stark reminder Read More

Luongo Would Add Class, Savvy to Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) – International acclaim and salary notwithstanding, there are comparisons to be made between Alex Rodriguez and Roberto Luongo – two men, apparently critical to their team’s success, cast aside at the defining juncture of Read More

Pot of Gold Somewhere?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 19) – If you were driving in the Greater Toronto Area at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, chances are you noticed a breathtaking double-rainbow in the southeastern sky. Perhaps it represented a ray of hope on Read More

P.R. Battle Intriguing Waste of Time

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 17) – Until a group of fans and reporters are invited to participate in collective bargaining between National Hockey League players and owners, I will remain mystified over the exertion toward public consent. Once the Read More

Stunning Offer From NHL

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) – The conciliatory note that all hockey fans have been craving was sung by Gary Bettman late this morning at a downtown office tower. If the NHL Players Association chooses to hum along, the Read More

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) – An optimist would point out that the NHL and NHLPA have broken the 2004-05 lockout pattern by choosing to stay in touch and meet with regularity – in New York or Toronto. A Read More

October Vanishes Late This Week

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 15) – By Friday afternoon at the latest, the National Hockey League will announce it has cancelled a second block of regular-season games – wiping out the remainder of October and the first week of Read More

Phaneuf Could Power the Leafs, If…

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 13) – The magnificent colors of autumn are in peak form right now here in southern Ontario – normally a sign that the National Hockey League is open for business. Sadly, the prevailing color in Read More

The Essence of Maple Leaf Gardens

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 12) – The novelty will prevail for as long as they live. It is forever a thrill and privilege to be in the company of my boyhood heroes – doubly so when the backdrop is Read More

THE Greatest Moment

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 11) – Twenty years ago today. Unbelievable! As long as I’m alive – and have my faculties – I’ll remember exactly where I was in the late-afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 11, 1992. Even if I Read More
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