Leafs Appear to be Alluring

TORONTO (Sep. 13) — The loudest voices in town are calling for a championship. No fooling. Two years after finishing dead–last in the National Hockey League, and three years after the most disgraceful showing of the post–Harold Ballard era, the… Read More

Should Matthews Sprout Wings?

TORONTO (May 22) — As part of his popular, weekend–notes column on Sunday, Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun posed an interesting question: “In watching [William] Nylander playing alongside Nicklas Backstrom [with Sweden at the World Hockey Championships], I couldn’t… Read More

Ottawa vs. Nashville For Cup

TORONTO (May 12) — The headline to this blog should provide abounding impetus for readers to put money on a Pittsburgh–Anaheim clash in the 2017 Stanley Cup final. Not that my playoff picks have been a total embarrassment, mind you.… Read More

Guess What? Cujo is 50

TORONTO (Apr. 29) — Happy milestone birthday to the best Leafs goalie of the post–1967 era. Curtis Joseph turns 50 today. He was born in Keswick, Ont. (70 miles north of Toronto) the same day the Leafs and Canadiens were… Read More

As It Should Be

TORONTO (Apr. 8) — It is officially and undeniably crunch time for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not unexpectedly, the quest for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference has come down to the final weekend of the regular season and… Read More

Leafs Need To Extend Lamoriello

TORONTO (Mar. 2) — Exactly how the Maple Leafs will be generally managed beyond next season may or may not be a topic of internal debate at the Air Canada Centre. Lou Lamoriello, destined for the Builders’ wing in the… Read More

Of course, Leafs Won’t Trade No. 1

TORONTO (June 18) — With less than a week remaining before the most anticipated draft in Toronto hockey history, local fear–mongers are still emailing about an imminent trade of the No. 1 pick. These people have no concept of relaxation,… 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

Like Yesterday Afternoon

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) — It was 45 years ago Sunday. Mother’s Day 1970. My mom Sandee was in the prime of her life at age 32. I was 11 and had probably enjoyed brunch with her; my… Read More

Vintage NHL Jerseys

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 25) — With only eight shopping months remaining until Christmas, here’s a wonderful idea for the old fart in your life: Buy him a vintage National Hockey League jersey. I’m serious. He’ll wear it to… Read More

Brett Hull’s Dad is 75

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 3) – The Golden Jet is now a diamond. For those – like yours truly – that remember Bobby Hull high-tailing past defenders and unleashing hockey’s most feared slapshot, it is somewhat difficult to believe… Read More

My Ten Worst NHL Moves – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 16) – I got around, the other day, to reading a book by Dick Irvin – published in 1993 – and called BEHIND THE BENCH. Irvin interviewed 28 NHL coaches about their experience in the 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
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