Nothing But Vault

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 30) — Thowback Thursday’s and Flashback Friday’s, so popular among the Facebook crowd, have nothing on me. Particularly when I open the Berger Vault — decorative name for a metal–plated trunk with cedar–wood lining that… Read More

The Leafs Go-For-Broke Theory

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 27) — I was in the north part of this city on Thursday with a friend — a self–made, well-to–do man involved in sports who has a close relative playing elsewhere in the National Hockey… Read More

Leafs Empty-Seat Mania

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) — Imagine how destitute the tall foreheads at 60 Bay St. must be today. A paltry 18,366 tickets sold for Monday night’s meaningless National Hockey League game against the Minnesota Wild and the sky… Read More

Leafs Goaltending Probably Intact

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 22) — With the Maple Leafs apparently in the midst of a cataclysmic overhaul, the club’s most important position could look familiar next season. Goalies Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer are tethered to the Leafs… Read More

To Peter Horachek: I Was Wrong

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 20) — On the afternoon of Feb. 7, after another dreadful, unresponsive performance at New Jersey the previous night, I wrote in this space that the Maple Leafs should fire their second coach in just… Read More

Will Leafs Match Dubious History?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 16) — It has been quite awhile since the Maple Leafs endured a clean sweep on a three–game journey to Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton — which will be the club’s fate tonight should it lose… Read More

You Think THIS Is Embarrassing?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 12) — Among the myriad issues debated throughout this frightful Toronto Maple Leafs season is ranking it amid the many–such disasters in team history. A subjective exercise, to be sure; much like rating the National… Read More

Incidents Like WHAT, Brendan?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 11) — So, Nazem Kadri has now been suspended by the Maple Leafs for two more games — ineligible to play until Saturday night’s visit to Vancouver. We know Kadri was late for a team… Read More

Leafs/Fans Remain Under Kessel’s Spell

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 9) — It’s rather incredible what the “best player” on a popular team can get away with. Particularly, if he’s wearing a Maple Leafs jersey the past five months. Two coaches — one fired; the… Read More

Face Off at Mike’s Museum

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 8) — It was Dec. 4, 1971. A Saturday night, two months before my 13th birthday. My uncle, Ralph Blatt, took me to the Toronto–Boston National Hockey League game at Maple Leaf Gardens. In town… Read More

Vulgar Tweet Should Provide Lesson

By HOWARD BERGER UPDATE —  TSN, on Wednesday, delivered a smart and quick response to the issue of live public reaction during its signature events: TORONTO — TSN says it will no longer air public tweets during live coverage after… Read More

Kessel Might Look Inward

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 3) — I have no problem with Phil Kessel calling out the dastardly media or sticking up for teammate Dion Phaneuf. Fast Phil did both today in a well–conceived yet uncharacteristic diatribe after the Toronto… Read More

Nonis Should Be Careful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 2) — There is nothing that resembles full disclosure when the general manager of a bad team meets with reporters after the annual National Hockey League trade deadline. As such, whatever David Nonis provided late… Read More
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