Sloppy Return By Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 27) – Quick: Remember what you were doing 19 nights ago? Didn’t think you would. Turns out, neither did your Toronto Maple Leafs, who played shinny (that’s two n’s, not two t’s, though each could… Read More

Nonis Will Be Reactive – At Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 26) – Two factors need to be understood by fans and media heading toward the National Hockey League trade deadline next Wednesday: a) the majority of general managers had reasonably established their plans of attack… Read More

Admissions: 1985 – 2012

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 24) – While scavenging through my apartment locker last week, I came upon a bag of media credentials dating to more than a quarter-century – most of of them accumulated during my 23-year term as… Read More

Gold Medal Game Anti-Climactic

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (9:20 a.m. EST FEB. 23) – Alright Canada, you can go back to bed. Ho-hum, just another gold medal. Well, maybe not, but the championship game of the 2014 Winter Olympics was over less than an… Read More

40 Years Ago Today

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 21) – You know him today for baking fresh donuts and brewing hot coffee. You may not recognize him for being the greatest defenseman in Toronto Maple Leafs history. Both are true. Also true is… Read More

Latvians Liven Olympic Hockey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 19) – First, understand that it can never be like it was four years ago. Not even close. For Canadian hockey fans 13 years of age, or younger, the Winter Olympic Games of Sochi are… Read More

15 Years Already

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 13) – To begin, let us wish Mats Sundin a happy 43rd birthday – the all-time Maple Leafs scoring leader, born in 1971, enjoying retirement at his palatial dwelling in Stockholm. Proving again that time… Read More

Darn Those Olympics

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 9) – Golden sunsets, white-sandy beaches and exotic islands notwithstanding, if there’s a team in the National Hockey League that requires a 19-day break less than the Toronto Maple Leafs, please let me know. Playing… Read More

2014 Stanley Cup: St. Louis Blues

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 5) – Call me crazy, if you wish (it will hardly be the first time), but, I’m damned serious when I contend the St. Louis Blues will finally win their first Stanley Cup this spring.… Read More

Shhhhh… It’s Deathly Quiet

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 4) – So this is what winning feels like. And sounds like. It is so quiet in Leaf Land right now, you can almost hear Harold Ballard rolling in his grave. Not that the old… Read More
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