TORONTO (Dec. 28) — When his mobile device started “going haywire” late Tuesday afternoon, Bobby Orr figured something awful had happened; his premonition verified with news of Johnny Bower’s death.
“My first thought was ‘how many people live more than… Read More
TORONTO (Dec. 26) — Given his advanced age, it’s a day we understood was going to come, sooner or later. Thankfully for the untold thousands of people that knew Johnny Bower, it was later. Much later.
The most beloved figure… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 8) — After last season and throughout the summer, I wrote in this space that Year 2 would likely be more of a challenge for the young, fast and gifted Maple Leafs. For no other reason than it… Read More
TORONTO (May 15) — Want to know how generally lousy it was for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans during the Harold Ballard administration in the 1970’s and 80’s? Normally, I would offer you a “let me count the… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 29) — Happy milestone birthday to the best Leafs goalie of the post–1967 era. Curtis Joseph turns 50 today. He was born in Keswick, Ont. (70 miles north of Toronto) the same day the Leafs and Canadiens were… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 26) — There will be no Draft Lottery suspense in Leafs Nation this year, after the club finished 14th in the overall NHL standings — up 16 notches from last season — and improved by 26 points. The… Read More
TORONTO (May 18) — I felt extraordinarily privileged on Tuesday afternoon.
Not only did I spend time with the most popular and beloved figure in Toronto Maple Leafs history (pretty cool for a decades–long hockey fan; radio–reporter and writer), but… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 29) — The Calgary Flames have sent their Irish good–luck charm to our town in an arcane attempt to wrest the 2016 National Hockey League draft lottery from the “favored” Toronto Maple Leafs.
His name? Brian Burke. And,… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 1) — Let me begin today by emphasizing that I trust Brendan Shanahan, Lou Lamoriello and the Toronto Maple Leafs hierarchy. It consummated a plan last summer; effectively sold it to the Board of Maple Leaf Sports and … Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 8) — What better occasion to discuss goaltending than the 91st birthday of Johnny Bower — the most popular and beloved player in Toronto Maple Leafs history? Had there been a few more of his genre, it’s possible… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Apr. 29) — The lone remaining series in the first round of the Stanley Cup will conclude tonight and determine whether Detroit and Montreal will meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1978. If… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (Nov. 8) — The Los Angeles Dodgers, earlier this week, hired a 37-year-old Zaidi as their new general manager.Where I come from, that’s an awfully young Zaidi.You see, Zaidi (or Zaida) is a popular … Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (June 21) – Welcome, officially, to summer.
Every year at this time – prior to the National Hockey League’s “silly season” – fans in the big markets begin to dream in technicolor. This market, in particular,… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (Apr. 29) – So, the dream match-up didn’t happen after all. But, it may turn out to be just the tonic the Maple Leafs need.Perhaps the Leafs would have had an easier chore facing Montreal … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (Feb. 9) – Yes, it will be special when the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens square off tonight at the Bell Centre.Though younger fans may consider Ottawa Senators the Leafs No. 1 rival – recalling … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERLOS ANGELES (June 11) – We know one thing for certain: the Los Angeles Kings will play their final home game of the 2011-12 National Hockey League season here tonight. Remaining to be determined is whether it’s … Read More
Hockey/baseball reporter at THE FAN-590 for 23 years (1988-2011), and original from September 1992 launch of Canada’s first all-sports radio station. Covered Toronto Blue Jays 1992 and 1993 World Series victories. Started with Leafs full time in 1994. Enjoying life with my family (kids Shane and Lauren).