How to Stomach NHL Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER NEW YORK (Sep. 13) – In a city renowned for star appeal, the National Hockey League trotted out its biggest names on Thursday afternoon – players and owners separated by a mere three blocks and two high-rise Read More

When Will Leafs Play Hockey?

By HOWARD BERGER MILTON, Ont. (Sep. 10) – It is impossible, on a day like this, not to feel the impending void. Every living cell in the September hockey mind is geared toward a resumption of activity: informal skates; training Read More

Leafs of 1977-78 – Part 3 [Playoffs]

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 9) – During the 1970s, Maple Leafs qualified for the Stanley Cup tournament in all but two seasons (1969-70 and 1972-73). Leafs competed in 60 playoff games and were absolutely slaughtered in overtime. On four Read More

Leafs of 1977-78 – Part 2

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 6) – While the Maple Leafs team of 35 years ago enjoyed its best season in the Harold Ballard era, it declined rather dramatically after Game 28. Rampaging to a 19-6-3 record from Oct. 13 Read More

Sep. 15 Meaningless in NHL Labor Clash

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 5) – Though coverage of the now-dormant negotiation between the National Hockey League and its players has been typically thorough, I’m astonished at the number of well-connected people that consider Sep. 15 a “deadline”. No Read More

Hamilton, Labour Day and Football

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 4) – How wonderfully apropos that the final Labour Day battle between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium was indeed a classic – perhaps the best of 44-such engagements involving the Read More

Leafs of 1977-78 – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 1) – While the Maple Leafs are in the midst of their longest-ever playoff drought – a seven-season debacle with no apparent conclusion – veteran observers still contend that the Zenith of ineptitude was the Read More

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
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