Leafs Look Bewildered

TORONTO (Oct. 31) — While watching the Maple Leafs get stunningly out–played by the San Jose Sharks in northern–California Monday night (the 3–2 final score did not reflect the lop–sided essence of the match), it occurred to me that the… Read More

Centers of Attention

Busted flat in Baton Rouge; waiting for a train… And I’s feelin’ near as faded as my jeans. TORONTO (May 7) — I was cruising along a highway north of the city the other night when Janis Joplin’s 1971 anthem,… Read More

How Long Can It Last?

TORONTO (Nov. 21) — Happy six–month anniversary, Mike Babcock. It was back on May 21 that you peered into a bevy of cameras at 40 Bay St. and promised “pain.” You delivered — for about five weeks. Now, the discomfort… Read More

L.A. Kings One Step From a Dynasty

THE RIVALRY CONTINUES MAPLE LEAFS vs. CANADIENS, 7:00, AIR CANADA CENTRE – SPORTSNET By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 8) — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. A hard salary cap in the National Hockey League, most believed, would make Read More

Rundown on Maple Leafs Prospects

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 10) – One of the most thorough hockey publications of the year is the annual “Future Watch” edition of The Hockey News – expertly assembled by my friend, Brian Costello. It was delivered to me… Read More

43 Years Ago: The Biggest Romp

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 2) – Perhaps on New Year’s Day, 2057, hockey pundits around here will be reflecting nostalgically on the first-ever Bridgestone Winter Classic involving a Canadian team: Wednesday’s 3-2 shoot-out win by the Maple Leafs over… Read More

NHL and the World in 1970-71

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 22) – With the Maple Leafs golfing and looking ahead to more improvement next season, it’s time for me to look back once again – into the NHL’s past. If you follow this corner, you Read More
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