Pressure Mounting On The Leafs

TORONTO (Aug. 16) — It is mid–August and relatively quiet in the hockey world. As such, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs likely cannot feel the burden that is beginning to crush their favorite team. But, it’s there. And gaining… Read More

Kadri For Trouba Intriguing

TORONTO (June 12) — To this point, Sean Avery’s “sources” here in the Big Smoke are akin to his former conduct on and off the ice — lousy. But, the National Hockey League’s bad boy of the new millennium did… Read More

Leafs Shouldn’t Get Too Cocky

TORONTO (June 30) — Perhaps it was merely the inference of an editor. Or, maybe Lou Lamoriello did laugh. Whatever the case, the headline to a story in Friday’s Toronto Sun, written by Lance Hornby, reflected dimly on the veteran… Read More

The Sky Above The Earth Below

TORONTO (Dec. 25) — I launched this website back in June 2011 to show people that I am able to put together English sentences. Those same people have forever–been more enthralled with the photos I’ve taken while hauling around a… Read More

Kings of the NHL… Finally

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 12) – Here’s to you, Jack Kent Cooke. Four-and-a-half decades after a Canadian business tycoon won the bidding war for a National Hockey League expansion team in southern California, Cooke’s baby – the Los Read More

Game Day… Again

By HOWARD BERGER LOS 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

Kings Need to Slam Door

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 11) – Rather than studying portions of videotape from the Stanley Cup final, the DVD of an afternoon game here on May 6 should be mandatory viewing for the Los Angeles Kings. It was Read More

Devils Still Have Life, But…

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 10) – Relax, southern California… the Hollywood script is unfolding. It wouldn’t be appropriate for a team to dominate the Stanley Cup playoffs the way the Los Angeles Kings have this spring and win the Read More

Stanley Cup Game 5 Prelude

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 9) – As always, it was a busy morning around the rink on game day, as the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings prepped for their latest Stanley Cup battle tonight. L.A. gets a Read More

L.A. Kings (and Sutter) Relaxed

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 9) – Though I’ve been around the Los Angeles Kings for nearly two months, having covered each of their games in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, I do not profess the same familiarity as those Read More

Not Yet…

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 7) – It is entirely understandable why hockey fans of this city – and the people that run this city – were prepping for the mother-lode of celebrations last night. Though the Los Angeles Read More

Kings Legend Pulling For L.A. Fans

By HOWARD BERGER EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (June 6) – The man that scored the first-ever goal for the Los Angeles Kings said yesterday he will watch tonight’s fourth game of the Stanley Cup final intently – but without emotion. “I Read More

Hockeywood Ready to Erupt

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 5) – There are people in this world that know exactly what the Los Angeles Kings could begin to experience as early as tomorrow night: Sandy Koufax… Fernando Valenzuela… Steve Garvey… Ron Cey… Davey Read More

Not in OUR Lifetime

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 3) – Though I’ll stop short of saying “never again”, I can virtually assure any person old enough to be reading this passage that you will not witness, for a second time, what has happened Read More

Upstaging the Stanley Cup?

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 2) – Less than 24 hours after the greatest European to ever play in the National Hockey League announced his retirement, the goalie of the defending Stanley Cup champions suggested he would take a year’s Read More

NHL Must Remain Open For Business

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 1) – As commissioner Gary Bettman pointed out on Wednesday night, it isn’t plausible to characterize the climate between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association before actual talks begin on a new Read More

New Series… Old Story

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 31) – And, so it goes. With a clever, patient maneuver, Anze Kopitar resumed the astonishing pattern of the 2012 NHL playoffs by scoring at 8:23 of overtime last night and giving the Los Angeles Read More

Media Frenzy at The Rock

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 30) – Players, coaches and managers of the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings gathered with reporters on the Prudential Center concourse Tuesday afternoon for Stanley Cup Media Day 2012. It was a well-organized Read More
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