Does The Shanaplan Prevail?

TORONTO (Apr. 25) — Rapid achievement in professional sport can be intoxicating. And, hauntingly mercurial if not guided by a steady hand. With that in mind, we wonder how the Toronto Maple Leafs might proceed after graduating from the National… Read More

Who Else Joins Legends Row?

***UPDATE: Congratulations to Charlie Conacher, Frank Mahovlich, Red Kelly and Wendel Clark for being inducted into the Maple Leafs Legends Row at Air Canada Centre. Turns out that four ex–players got the nod, rather than the three I suggested in… Read More

The Leafs At the Quarter–Pole

TORONTO (Nov. 24) — Over–achievement? Moderate achievement? And, does it really matter? These are questions that come to mind with respect to the Toronto Maple Leafs after 20 games of the 2016–17 National Hockey League season. Clearly, the team is… Read More

Marner No Surprise Here

TORONTO (Nov. 18) — If the Calder Trophy were awarded today, there’s little doubt that Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets would be the winner with a league–best 12 goals in 19 games. But, Mitch Marner of the Maple Leafs… Read More

The Boomer Is 80

TORONTO (Sep. 9) — In the realm of longevity, those Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup teams from the 1960’s will not go away. And, we thank the good Lord for that. The latest in the group to join Club Octogenarian… Read More

Leafs At Another Crossroad

TORONTO (June 24) — In the course of 99 years, there have been myriad turning points for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Three, in particular, stand out to this day… with Auston Matthews in the on–deck circle. The most significant factors… Read More

Maple Leafs Are A Balancing Act

NOTE: My dearth of blogging in the past week is owed to a battle with a kidney stone, which has prevailed over me on several occasions. It is said that the pain of renal colic is akin to child–birth. And, Read More

Full Spectrum of Johnny Bower

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 2) — It seems like every day, Maple Leaf fans are treated to the smiling face of the club’s all–time most popular player. At 90, Johnny Bower is marvelously ubiquitous, showing up whenever and wherever… Read More

Was Sundin Trade Leafs Best Ever?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 25) – Saturday evening, when the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is being cleaned up from two days of National Hockey League drafting, will mark one of the more significant anniversaries in Toronto Maple Leafs… Read More

The Patriarch and The Mayor

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 7) – Wally Stanowski and Rob Ford were born more than 50 years apart – the former in April 1919; the latter in May 1969. But, the Patriarch of the Maple Leafs and the Mayor… Read More

Shhhhh… It’s Deathly Quiet

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 4) – So this is what winning feels like. And sounds like. It is so quiet in Leaf Land right now, you can almost hear Harold Ballard rolling in his grave. Not that the old… Read More

Kooky Leafs Heading Northward Again

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 20) – It is difficult to fathom that the Maple Leafs are hotter right now than the Anaheim Ducks. But, it’s true. Over the past 72 hours, Leafs have out-pointed the National Hockey League’s best… Read More

Beware of Dangerous Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 6) – The most menacing game in hockey does not involve slashing, elbowing, high-sticking or bulldozing rival players. It has nothing to do with ice, skates, arenas or private luxury suites. Conducted every eight years Read More
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