Two Solitudes of Leafs and Canucks

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Achievement in professional sport is all about perspective – a rather extreme correlation when considering the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, opponents at Rogers Arena here late Saturday afternoon. The disparity in… Read More

Olympic City With Leafs – Two Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 17) – Can it possibly be 24 months since the Winter Olympic Games of 2010 were dominating every inch of this city and surrounding area? I can remember when two years had commensurate value in Read More

Leafs Are Back (For Now)

By HOWARD BERGER EDMONTON (Feb. 16) – You could almost hear the sigh of relief across the endless miles of Prairie between southern Ontario and northern Alberta. When Tim Connolly scored in overtime – Tim Connolly… remember him? – Read More

No Question: Leafs Stink Right Now

By HOWARD BERGER CALGARY (Feb. 15) – It is hardly uncommon for a coach to accentuate the positive, even when the negative is overwhelming. As such, we had Ron Wilson extolling his team for directing 42 shots at Miikka Kiprusoff Read More

Deja Vu 13 Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 12) – The irony of the situation began to take hold midway through the second period, when it was all but certain the Maple Leafs had nothing on a night that meant everything. My memory Read More

Sundin “Fluke” Still My Best Career Moment

***I WROTE THIS BLOG BACK IN FEBRUARY, ON THE EVE OF MATS SUNDIN HAVING HIS NO. 13 BANNER RAISED AT THE AIR CANADA CENTRE. CORRECTION: MAKE THAT “HALL-OF-FAMER” MATS SUNDIN*** By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 10) – There is no Read More

Jets Squeak Past Weary Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER WINNIPEG (Feb. 8th) – It took the law of averages; uncommon travel, and bit less determination than we’ve noticed recently for the Maple Leafs to lose their first game in regulation time since Jan. 21. A 5-0-1… Read More

Leafs P.K. Turnaround is Astonishing

By HOWARD BERGER WINNIPEG (Feb. 7) – In this week of epic sports wagering, just imagine – for a moment – the windfall any of us could have collected had we placed a ridiculous bet the last time the Toronto… Read More

Shopping at Maple Leaf Gardens

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 6) – From the outside, the new Maple Leaf Gardens is almost identical to the building that served as home of the Leafs from 1931 to 1999. On the inside – at least, pertaining to Read More

Turnbull’s Record Encompasses 35 Years

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 3) – Yes, of course I remember where I was 35 years ago last night. Where else, but Maple Leaf Gardens, a place in which I spent countless hours as a teenager watching the Leafs… Read More

Dreary Win After a Scintillating Loss

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 2) – You could probably count on one hand how often our country’s busiest play-by-play broadcaster has grumbled about a hockey assignment. But, Chris Cuthbert of TSN had a glazed-over expression as I rode the Read More

Graphic, Vulgar, Yet Revealing

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 1) – It is geared toward neither a mature audience nor the young and influential. If it were a television program, the caution notice would read “Parental Guidance Mandatory.” Only on a non-policed website would… Read More

World Hockey Association: Pictorial History

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 1) – It was 40 years ago that a rogue hockey league – a pipe-dream to many – forever changed the economic climate in the sport. The World Hockey Association was formed in mid-1971 by… Read More

The Hockey News – 40 Years Ago

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Jan. 30) – This edition of my memorabilia photo-blog series is simple and to the point: 72 covers of The Hockey News dating from Oct. 27, 1972 to Apr. 22, 1977. The hockey bible – as… Read More

Cease-Fire Prevails on All-Star Saturday

By HOWARD BERGER OTTAWA (Jan. 29) – Hockey players are among the most fascinating species on Earth. They spend time between October and June each year perpetrating intolerable acts upon one another, to the extent the National Hockey League deploys… Read More

Catching Up With Darcy Tucker

By HOWARD BERGER OTTAWA (Jan. 28) – The perfect summary of Darcy Tucker’s playing career in the National Hockey League occurred during a ten-day span in October 2009 – a transitory blip that connected elation and despair. Having returned to… Read More
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