Mid-Summer Hockey Fix – Crosby Style

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 12) – With the recent gathering of Canadian juniors in Lake Placid, and NHL training camps opening in roughly one month, I thought I’d post a little hockey reminder – one that is sure to… Read More

Gretzky and Leafs – The “Other” Reason

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 9) – Just before noon today, I was a guest on Bill Kelly’s radio talk show in Hamilton (AM-900 CHML), discussing the Wayne Gretzky trade anniversary. As part of our 15-minute gab-fest,… Read More

25 Years Ago Today

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 9) – Chances are you’ve been inundated with recollection of 25 years ago today, when Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles Kings. Pardon me for coming in late. Just a quick story: The Read More

More Blue Jays, Leafs, NHL History

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 7) – I am constantly being reminded that there is nothing finite about moving one’s residence. Sometime before my first year’s lease has expired, the chore should be complete. Meantime, I continue to stumble upon Read More

Dave Perkins: Mentor and Friend

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 3) – I can still remember how the shock registered. It was during a long, Air Canada flight from Toronto to San Francisco in August 1987 (typically, a six-hour ride). I was aboard for an Read More

Distractions at Rogers Centre

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 31) – Went to see the Argonauts and B.C. Lions play football Tuesday night here in town and found my trusty Nikon pointing mainly at images outside and above the stadium. Needless to say, the Read More

Newspaper Fronts 1963-2003

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 30) – As part of my move from Thornhill to mid-town, I rummaged through bags of newspapers I have kept since my youth. This allowed me to consolidate the collection and re-store the papers for Read More

2013 Blue Jays: Ownership’s Mess

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – For those in command of the Blue Jays, this baseball season plummeted into futility a long, long time ago. Like after the first two weeks in April, when a winter of reckless hyperbole Read More

Would Leafs Trade Their Captain?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 18) – Undoubtedly, some fans of the Maple Leafs are bound to cringe at this suggestion, but here goes: If the hockey club is to make the playoffs over a full, 82-game schedule for the Read More

Sports Time Machine – Summer 2013

MY FAVORITE BLOG SUBMISSION OF 2013 IS THE ONE I WORKED HARDEST ON – FROM MID-JUNE TO MID-JULY. IT WAS DESIGNED FOR SPORTS HISTORY BUFFS AND GENERATED A TON OF REACTION. IF YOU DIDN’T SEE IT – AND EVEN IF Read More

Weather Today… Hockey Tomorrow

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 8th) –  Scaaaaarrry!! If you’ve been here in the Greater Toronto Area for the past hour (4-5 p.m. EDT), you’ve been party to our most intense thunderstorm of the summer. Happened to be wandering around… Read More

Maple Leafs: More Depth, Same Talent

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 5) – David Nonis, GM of the Maple Leafs, made a couple of good decisions on Friday, signing unrestricted free agents Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson. The moves came after his earlier acquisitions of Jonathan Read More

Nonis Working Devoid of Emotion

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 24) – In the haunting vernacular of former United States president Richard Milhous Nixon, “allow me to make this perfectly clear” – a general manager in professional sport burdened by love and attachment will likely Read More

Nonis Undoubtedly Looking For No. 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 23) – As we told you following the Maple Leafs elimination by Boston last month, general manager David Nonis and his staff was not sold on the netminding tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens; Read More

25 Years of Sports Media Memories

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 11) – I find it rather difficult to believe it was a quarter century ago that I began my tenure at CJCL AM-1430 – destined to become Canada’s first all-sports radio station. More accurately, it Read More

Bruins Will Win the Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 6) – Like most of us with a sporting interest, I’ve made some lousy predictions in my day – too many, in fact, to count. But, I’ve been pretty darned good with the Stanley Cup Read More

NHL Deserves More Respect at Olympics

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 3) – Though it appears all but certain that NHL players will take part in the Winter Olympics for a fifth term, an official announcement has yet to be made. Time is clearly of the Read More

State-Side Weekend Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER ROCHESTER, N.Y. (June 1) – So, I’m here in the former hockey home of Donald S. Cherry for a family event this weekend. I normally wouldn’t write about this, for obvious reasons, but there is no other Read More
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