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

Photo History of Maple Leafs New Third Jersey

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (July 22) – There is redeeming value to the third jersey the Toronto Maple Leafs will show-case next season: it was once worn by champions. That alone should make it a hot-selling item, as Maple Read More

Maple Leafs New Third Jersey

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (July 14) – There has been much speculation about whether the Toronto Maple Leafs will unveil a new third jersey for next season. The answer I’ve gotten is yes… the re-designed alternate (pictured below) will Read More

The Leafs/Stamkos Mystery

By HOWARD BERGER   LOS ANGELES (July 13) – If you ask a general manager in the National Hockey League about the puzzle involving offer sheets, chances are you’ll be given a reply similar to that issued by Brian BurkeRead More

Burke’s Trip to Desert a Measured Risk

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 7) – Opinions about whether Brian Burke did something “wrong” by visiting our troops in Afghanistan on Canada Day – free agent  day in the National Hockey League – are predictably widespread and diverse. Any… Read More

Restraint Was The Leafs Best Ally

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (July 2) – On a day in which I had lots of fun with my growing list of Twitter subjects (how is it that a guy gets fired by the biggest all-sports radio station in… Read More

Your Opinion on Leafs Moves

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 6) – The question to fans of the Maple Leafs was simple and straight-forward; the answers somewhat diverse: “On reflection, do you like the moves made by Brian Burke and Co. the past week and… Read More

An Afternoon With The Blue Jays And Phillies

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (July 4) – So, I’ve got this new toy, see?   It was a Father’s Day gift from Susan and the kids: a Nikon Coolpix P-500 camera (below)… just out on the market last month.… Read More

Leafs, Rangers Pushing Hard For Richards

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (July 1) – If Brad Richards does not end up with the Maple Leafs, it will be through no fault of the hockey club. That’s what a very good source is telling me this morning.… Read More

The Leafs And Free Agency: My Take

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 30) – There is good news for the half-dozen or so fans of the Maple Leafs that approach the NHL’s open market pragmatically: the hysteria endemic to these few days will hardly be noticeable… Read More

The 1993 Doug Gilmour Scrapbook

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 29) – What a trip it’s going to be at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, November 12th. Forget, for a moment, that the Ottawa Senators are in town that night to face the Maple… Read More

Mike Rupp on Leafs Radar

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 28) – He isn’t the big name fans of the Maple Leafs are salivating over in free agency, but he is big in every other way.   Veteran centre/left-winger Mike Rupp of the Pittsburgh… Read More

Leafs 2011-12 Schedule Rather Insane

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 26) – Brian Burke is famous for a number of things, but silence isn’t among them. That’s why the general manager of the Maple Leafs drew a collective chuckle from reporters in Minneapolis the… Read More
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