It’s Babcock Time

TORONTO (Apr. 23) — Everywhere you turn in this city, hockey fans are sure the Maple Leafs have a profusion of confidence heading into Game 6 tonight against the Washington Capitals. And, why not? The buoyant underdog has stayed with… Read More

Is There A Cup Favorite?

TORONTO (Mar. 11) — Here’s a prediction for the 2017 Stanley Cup final that would have drawn loud gagging noises if made prior to the season: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild in a battle of the two most–recent National… Read More

It’s Babs vs. Torts at Halfway Mark

TORONTO (Jan. 15) — There remains solid evidence that the Jack Adams Award as National Hockey League coach–of–the–year is followed by impending doom. Indeed, seven of the past 11 winners have come to an ignominious end with their teams: Bob… Read More

Leafs–Marlies Bond A Throwback

TORONTO (May 16) — Back in time, it was major–junior hockey. Today, it is minor–professional. Only the name has been constant — the Toronto Marlies. Young fans near and far may not realize the American Hockey League’s best team this… Read More

Leafs Concerned About Burke

TORONTO (Apr. 29) — The Calgary Flames have sent their Irish good–luck charm to our town in an arcane attempt to wrest the 2016 National Hockey League draft lottery from the “favored” Toronto Maple Leafs. His name? Brian Burke. And,… 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

Rangers/Ducks Will Play For Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) — Start spreadin’ the news. For the second consecutive spring, the New York Rangers will encounter a team from southern–California in their quest to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1994… Read More

Shanahan Tour Deepens Mystery

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) – If Brendan Shanahan wanted to clarify his position on the Maple Leafs during a tour of city newspaper offices Wednesday, he failed rather miserably. Chances are it was more a political excursion than… Read More

When Might the Trilogy End?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) – In his popular weekend notes column, my friend Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wrote, “Randy Carlyle can’t coach anymore – or so many of his critics contend.” I have no idea whether… Read More

Blowout Okay Providing…

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 24) – For those that actually thought the Maple Leafs would sail into the Stanley Cup playoffs riding a 36-game win streak, Thursday night’s disaster in Dallas must have hit hard. Success, after all, is… Read More

Leafs Perfect But Haven’t “Started”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 6) – It’s an old gripe on my part; familiar to those that regularly populate this corner. And, it was right there in one of the local dailies after the Maple Leafs defeated Montreal, 4-3,… Read More
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