Only Burke Can Replace Cherry

TORONTO (Apr. 28) — Let’s assume, for a moment, that Don Cherry is unlikely to be a mainstay on Hockey Night In Canada for another 38 years. Though Donald S. seems indestructible — in our livingrooms each Saturday since 1980… Read More

Burke and Gretzky Join Forces

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 27) — It has been more than five years since Brendan Burke died in an automobile mishap in Indiana, but it must seem like 500 years to his father, Brian Burke. To endure the passing… Read More

Leafs Streak Will Finally End

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 6) — Hate to say it, Leaf fans, but your team will actually win a hockey game tonight. That’s “win” — W-I-N — defined by Dictionary.com as: “to finish first in a race, contest, or … Read More

Brian Burke: Reflection/Final Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 14) – As I wrote the title to this blog, I nearly stopped myself. Then I chuckled, realizing that “final thoughts” on Brian Burke are similar to final thoughts about your mortgage with 25 years Read More

Raw Memory From Brian Burke

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 1) – Until today, I had not seen this heart-wrenching story about Brian Burke and his late son, Brendan. It was initially published in the January 2012 edition of Gentlemen’s Quarterly Magazine and re-printed in Read More

Olympics a Reminder of Burke’s Courage

“I may not have a lot to give but what I’ve got I’ll give to you.” – The Beatles [All My Loving] By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 29) – As I watched the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Read More

Burke Scuffling But Not a Failure

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 9) – Brian Burke’s post-season address to the media is being anticipated around here much like the fireside radio chats of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II. FDR had an uncanny ability to comfort Read More
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