Matthews Still Splendidly Atypical

TORONTO (Oct. 17) — Barring a protracted injury–absence, Auston Matthews will undoubtedly score between 50 and 60 goals this season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Should be count 55, he’ll break the franchise record that Rick Vaive established in 1981–82.… Read More

Could Matthews Become Gaye?

TORONTO (Sep. 27) — Yes, the headline here is a play–on–words and, perhaps, marginally inappropriate. But, laugh along with me, folks. Recent events, south of the 49th parallel, have been all–too serious. What I’m asking, within the context of sport,… Read More

Will Babcock Salvage Phaneuf?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 31) — Eleven days after the Maple Leafs collared the coach they had targeted for more than a year, fans of the hockey club await another detonation. At some point, more of the roster that… Read More

My Ten Worst NHL Moves – Part 2

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 24) – After posting Part 1 of my blog – that listed what I consider the five worst transactions in my time watching the NHL – I received a few emails wondering why Quebec trading Read More

Intervention Unlikely in Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 16) – Unquestionably, the labor dispute between NHL players and owners would benefit from a neutral third party – as would any stalled negotiation. A domestic quarrel, for example, is frequently resolved by a relative Read More

Hall of Fame Induction Too Important

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 13) – With the NHL lockout approaching its third month, concern developed in some quarters that the labor squabble would diminish Monday night’s Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony. Not a chance. If anything, it allowed Read More

Imagine the Double Celebration

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 8th) – I know I’m dreaming a little here, or maybe a lot. But, I keep imagining the environment at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday night if the NHL Read More

What a Few Hours For Pat Quinn

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 27) – It was brief; simple, yet spellbinding TV. As it does with everything related to its signature property, TSN absolutely nailed coverage of Tuesday’s announcement from the Hockey Hall of Fame that Pavel Bure, Read More
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