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

Burke Timetable Contentious

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 31) – For passionate hockey fans, these are the so-called “dog days of summer”, when perpetual news and opinion about the game slows to a trickle. In this city, of course, even the most banal Read More

Vintage Hockey Jerseys – MY Collection

RE-POST: FROM JANUARY 2012 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 21) – The proliferation of “throw-back” jerseys in the National Hockey League began in 1991-92, when the six pre-expansion teams (Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, New York Rangers, Toronto) celebrated the NHL’s… Read More

Olympics a Reminder of Burke’s Courage

“I may not have a lot to give but what I’ve got I’ll give to you.” – The Beatles [All My Loving] By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 29) – As I watched the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Read More

RE-POST: My “Stuff” – Lots of It

***PRIOR TO LAST HOCKEY SEASON AND DEVELOPMENT OF MY WEB-SITE, I POSTED A NUMBER OF BLOGS PERTAINING TO MY COLLECTION OF SPORTS AND NEWS PUBLICATIONS. I’VE HAD SEVERAL REQUESTS TO RE-POST ON THIS SITE, AND I’M HAPPY TO SHARE MY Read More

Hockey Bigger Than Any Player – But One

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (July 23) – Let me begin this blog with a statement of fact that I ardently hope will curb the hysterical tone of emails flooding my Blackberry in-box: the Toronto Maple Leafs were involved in Read More

No Harm in Leafs Pursuing Bernier

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (July 19) – Though Brian Burke told Sportsnet-590 a couple of weeks ago he had tepid interest in acquiring another young goalie, there is likely no practical option for the Leafs general manager. The net-minding Read More

Burke’s Fluctuating Credo

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 10) – The difficulty Brian Burke faces in trying to improve the dreadful Maple Leafs is fundamental: there isn’t enough quality or depth at any position on the hockey club. In Burke’s quest, therefore, to Read More

Kessel Could Still Save Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 8th) – Debating the transaction that brought Phil Kessel to the Maple Leafs from the Bruins on Sep. 18, 2009 is a pastime in this hockey-crazed environment, even though the returns are practically unassailable. During Read More

Leafs Didn’t Just “Flirt” With Brodeur

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 5) – Several hours after the National Hockey League’s king of goaltenders re-signed with the New Jersey Devils last week, I spoke to one of the more prominent executives in the game and was told Read More

Tackling the Burke Paradox

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 4) – I just received a copy of a book that might easily become the most compelling and meaningful volume related to hockey since Ken Dryden released The Game in 1979. Published and written by Read More

Burke’s Idleness Way Too Convenient

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 2) – When Brian Burke met with reporters late Sunday afternoon, he made a remark that has become nothing less than a mantra – one of several patented in recent years – and a claim Read More

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
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