Luke For JVR Good Hockey Trade

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 23) – Given his tenure as GM of the Maple Leafs, Brian Burke made a move today that will likely pan out. Trading has been bold and mostly productive since Burke assumed the managerial reign Read More

Kings of the NHL… Finally

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 12) – Here’s to you, Jack Kent Cooke. Four-and-a-half decades after a Canadian business tycoon won the bidding war for a National Hockey League expansion team in southern California, Cooke’s baby – the Los Read More

Game Day… Again

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 11) – We know one thing for certain: the Los Angeles Kings will play their final home game of the 2011-12 National Hockey League season here tonight. Remaining to be determined is whether it’s Read More

Kings Need to Slam Door

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 11) – Rather than studying portions of videotape from the Stanley Cup final, the DVD of an afternoon game here on May 6 should be mandatory viewing for the Los Angeles Kings. It was Read More

Devils Still Have Life, But…

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 10) – Relax, southern California… the Hollywood script is unfolding. It wouldn’t be appropriate for a team to dominate the Stanley Cup playoffs the way the Los Angeles Kings have this spring and win the Read More

Stanley Cup Game 5 Prelude

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 9) – As always, it was a busy morning around the rink on game day, as the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings prepped for their latest Stanley Cup battle tonight. L.A. gets a Read More

L.A. Kings (and Sutter) Relaxed

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 9) – Though I’ve been around the Los Angeles Kings for nearly two months, having covered each of their games in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, I do not profess the same familiarity as those Read More

Which Coast is it Today?

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 8th) – At least I think I’m in Newark… let me check. Oh yes, the Blackberry says EDT, which means I’m back on the Atlantic side of North America. Actually, it was still June 7th Read More

Not Yet…

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 7) – It is entirely understandable why hockey fans of this city – and the people that run this city – were prepping for the mother-lode of celebrations last night. Though the Los Angeles Read More

Kings Legend Pulling For L.A. Fans

By HOWARD BERGER EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (June 6) – The man that scored the first-ever goal for the Los Angeles Kings said yesterday he will watch tonight’s fourth game of the Stanley Cup final intently – but without emotion. “I Read More

Hockeywood Ready to Erupt

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 5) – There are people in this world that know exactly what the Los Angeles Kings could begin to experience as early as tomorrow night: Sandy Koufax… Fernando Valenzuela… Steve Garvey… Ron Cey… Davey Read More

It Bears Repeating: Kings Are Remarkable

By HOWARD BERGER EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (June 4) – Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final didn’t score particularly high for artistic impression yet both were filled with drama in the third period and, of course, overtime. Among Read More

Not in OUR Lifetime

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 3) – Though I’ll stop short of saying “never again”, I can virtually assure any person old enough to be reading this passage that you will not witness, for a second time, what has happened Read More

Upstaging the Stanley Cup?

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 2) – Less than 24 hours after the greatest European to ever play in the National Hockey League announced his retirement, the goalie of the defending Stanley Cup champions suggested he would take a year’s Read More

NHL Must Remain Open For Business

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 1) – As commissioner Gary Bettman pointed out on Wednesday night, it isn’t plausible to characterize the climate between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association before actual talks begin on a new Read More

New Series… Old Story

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 31) – And, so it goes. With a clever, patient maneuver, Anze Kopitar resumed the astonishing pattern of the 2012 NHL playoffs by scoring at 8:23 of overtime last night and giving the Los Angeles Read More

Media Frenzy at The Rock

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 30) – Players, coaches and managers of the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings gathered with reporters on the Prudential Center concourse Tuesday afternoon for Stanley Cup Media Day 2012. It was a well-organized Read More

It Was 20 Years Ago Today…

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 29) – With a nod to the opening line of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album of June 1967, two decades has passed since a critical moment in the post-Stanley Cup era of the Toronto Maple Read More
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