Is It Truly So Difficult?

TORONTO (Aug. 26) — We may — and I stress, may — discover once again this season just how apparently difficult it is to win the Stanley Cup. Toronto Maple Leafs–“difficult” includes not even appearing in the championship round of… Read More

Leafs Don’t Have To Change

TORONTO (Aug. 4) — Let’s assume, for a moment, the Maple Leafs brought Patrick Marleau aboard with his imprudent contract in order to contend for the Stanley Cup beginning next season. Such would appear as the unspoken plan, knowing how… Read More

Is Holden For Bozak Worthwhile?

TORONTO (July 26) — It’s no secret in National Hockey League circles that the New York Rangers are looking for a center; the Toronto Maple Leafs a defenseman. The Rangers are apparently dangling 30–year–old Nick Holden while the Leafs may… Read More

An Empty Feeling on the Coast

VANCOUVER (Dec. 1) — For the better part of an hour, I could not understand it. Yes, rain was falling when I arrived here earlier today, but it always rains in Vancouver at this time of year; at last count,… Read More

Perky’s Yarns Are Overdue

TORONTO (Aug. 31) — I remember saying to myself: “Howard, just watch Dave Perkins. Observe the way he comports himself around athletes and you will learn immeasurably.” So, that’s what I did. It was Aug. 17, 1987. At Pearson International… Read More

To Pee or not to Pee

TORONTO (June 7) — I was watching a newscast on the weekend when a familiar and grotesque image from September 11, 2001 filled the screen: United Airlines Flight 175 (a Boeing–767 laden with jet–fuel after departing nearby Boston) being deliberately… Read More

Wingin’ East From San Francisco

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 26) — Some friendly advice: If you have never been to San Francisco and you have the wherewithal to travel… go. Just go. You will not be disappointed. Between baseball, hockey and leisure travel, I… Read More

No Enforcer For Maple Leafs?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 22) – A fan of the Maple Leafs will notice quite a change in the hockey club this season if the 23-man roster evolves as projected. For the first time in 40 years, the team… Read More

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 10) – Yes, indeed, disillusioned followers of the Toronto Maple Leafs: The sun did come up on Hump Day this week, roughly nine hours after the fat lady sang her last note in Tampa. In… Read More

Six Months Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 13) – When the puck drops just after 7:30 tonight at Xcel Energy Center between the Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild, I seriously doubt Toronto winger Joffrey Lupul will be agonizing over the events of… Read More

Following the Leafs – Again

By HOWARD BERGER ABOARD AIR CANADA #135 TORONTO to EDMONTON (Oct. 29) – Good heavens, it is late Monday night. Or, depending on your whereabouts, early Tuesday morning. Regardless – if in North America – you are probably asleep right… Read More

It Was 20 Years Ago Today…

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 29) – With a nod to the opening line of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album of June 1967, two decades has passed since a critical moment in the post-Stanley Cup era of the Toronto Maple Read More
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