No Hockey, Just New York (Mostly From Above)

By HOWARD BERGER   NEW YORK (Oct. 26) – For my money, there is nothing quite so exhilarating, weather-wise, as a perfect autumn afternoon. Combine such conditions with one of the great cities on Earth and spontaneous things happen. Tuesday… Read More

Leafs Now Remember No. 68

By HOWARD BERGER   PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 24) – The most bizarre aspect of Monday night’s hockey game at the Wells Fargo Center was not lost on the 39-year-old that brought yesteryear to life.   “I don’t remember the last time… Read More

Schenn Clan; Scrivens Pumped For Tonight

By HOWARD BERGER   PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 24) – It was a perfect line, delivered with the straight face of an actor: “No media today, guys, I’m not feeling well.”   If Ben Scrivens was hoping to stop reporters in their… Read More

Leafs Road Trip – Montreal to Philadelphia

By HOWARD BERGER   PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 23) – As a frequent traveler, you never, ever complain when weather and flying conditions between cities are ideal… as they were this morning for a 70-minute flight on USAirways from Montreal to Philadelphia.… Read More

Grabovski Turns The Table

By HOWARD BERGER   MONTREAL (Oct. 22) – How often through the years have the Toronto Maple Leafs been victimized by a former player – no matter how skilled or obscure – upon his return to either Maple Leaf Gardens… Read More

Photo Essay: Leafs Morning Skate in Montreal

By HOWARD BERGER   MONTREAL (Oct. 22) – It may be an early-season game, but the buzz in the downtown sector of this city is unmistakable whenever the Maple Leafs are here on a Saturday night to play the Montreal… Read More

Leafs 2011-12 Media Guide Biggest, Best Ever

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Oct. 20) – I may not be an expert on all things pertaining to hockey, but I do believe I can speak with authority on the subject of media guides: the annual publications NHL teams… Read More

Berger BYTES to Become Leafs Centric

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Oct. 19) – Okay… back to the Maple Leafs.   It has been more than four-and-a-half months since I was fired by program director Don Kollins at The Fan-590, a move that disappointed me… Read More

Those Bothered By Cherry Have Terrific Option

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Oct. 11) – In the wake of a blog I wrote early on Monday, extolling the phenomenon that is Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night In Canada, I received numerous emails suggesting that Don CherryRead More

Cherry, MacLean Phenomenon Endless; Unparalleled

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Oct. 10) – I’m not sure why I still find myself surprised over the emotions generated by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean in their weekly appearance on Hockey Night In Canada – a television phenomenon,… Read More

Old Leafs in New Third Jersey

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Sep. 24) – Back on July 14, while vacationing in Los Angeles, I received an email from a flawless source in the hockey licensing industry with information the Maple Leafs would be introducing a third… Read More

Bitter Rivals Reunited at Book Launch

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Sep. 14) – If at any point during my youth someone had told me that Angelo Mosca and Dave Raimey would one day pose together in a friendly environment, I’d have had that person committed.… Read More

Why So Much Heartache at This Time of Year?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 8) – The tragedy involving the Lokomotiv hockey team in Russia yesterday got me thinking how wonderful it would be if someone… somewhere… somehow… could lop off mid-August to mid-September on the Georgian (or WorldRead More

Ron Wilson’s New World

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Sep. 7) – Critics and detractors of Ron Wilson may derive perverse enjoyment from his situation heading into the 2011-12 National Hockey League season.   For the first time in Wilson’s tenure as coach of… Read More

Ask Questions But Do Not Assume

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Sep. 1) – The tragic death of Wade Belak from an apparent hanging-suicide is both astounding and inexplicable. If earlier this week someone had asked me to name five people I know that would be … Read More

Leafs and the Prediction Game

By HOWARD BERGER  TORONTO (Aug. 22) – Let us begin, today, by offering prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Jack Layton – leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada – who succumbed to cancer early this Read More

Colors of Los Angeles: Dawn to Dusk

Text and all photos by HOWARD BERGER   LOS ANGELES (Aug. 19) – Having spent the bulk of my summers here for the past 20 years, I’ve come to appreciate an aspect of southern California that is either different than… Read More
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