Of Course Leafs Are “Canada’s Team”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 25) — That was no Freudian slip by Mike Babcock. When the new and incomparably moneyed coach–in–town called the Toronto Maple Leafs “Canada’s team” at his inaugural media gathering on Thursday, you could hear teeth… Read More

Why Blame the NHL?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) — I knew Steve Montador. And I liked Steve Montador. It was impossible not to. You simply had to meet the guy. I was accorded that opportunity in San Jose, Calif. on May 9,… Read More

Habs Will Prevail, But With Difficulty

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 30) — In order to advance beyond the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens will have to quickly forget the regular season. An Eastern Conference semifinal clash with Tampa Bay… 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

Leafs Need an Ice Magnet

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 21) — Let’s not be mistaken. The Toronto Maple Leafs will ultimately succeed in their hunt for a new general manager and coach. There are only 60–such jobs available in the National Hockey League, and… 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

Road Kings Authored Their Demise

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 8) — How remarkable that the Los Angeles Kings — one of the truly clutch and prolific road teams of this era in the National Hockey League — may have blown their chance for a… Read More

Will Leafs Match Dubious History?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 16) — It has been quite awhile since the Maple Leafs endured a clean sweep on a three–game journey to Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton — which will be the club’s fate tonight should it lose… Read More

To Be Phil Kessel

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 12) — If you’re certain that 10 million dollars can buy happiness, it may be wise to check with Phil Kessel. While generations of future Kessels will never be found on a street corner —… Read More

45 Degrees of Separation

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 3) — Tie Domi turned 45 on Saturday. Johnny Bower, please God, will turn 90 this coming Saturday. Which means that Domi was born one week before Bower’s 45th birthday (did that all by myself). Read More

More on Leafs Trade Banter

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 4) – Continuing to nose around here in the weeks before the National Hockey League draft at Philadelphia, I spoke earlier today with the prominent scout of a Western Conference team – the same person… Read More

Local Pro Sports Gaining Momentum

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 26) – We begin the final week of May with Toronto Blue Jays the hottest team in Major League Baseball and vivid memory of Toronto Raptors taking Jolly Green Giant-type steps in the National Basketball… Read More

What Could Leafs Get For Dion?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 12) – I guess David Nonis is reading my drivel. Or, maybe not. Bottom line is, I began vouching for a Dion Phaneuf trade in this corner on Mar. 31 – a full 42 days… Read More

Carlyle Gets Two-Year Extension

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 8) – It appears, at the moment, the Maple Leafs hired Brendan Shanahan so he could help convince general manager David Nonis to fire Randy Carlyle’s assistant coaches. If so, mission accomplished. In what has… Read More

Don’t Look For “Science” in Leafs Slump

“I can’t tell you that [Jonathan Bernier] is going to be available to us tomorrow or the next day or the next day after that. Obviously there’s outside pressures that come in when you’re not having success, but that’s something… 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

If Skating, Leafs Will Defeat Penguins

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 16) – What a great opportunity awaits the Maple Leafs tonight in Pittsburgh. Normally, a person suggesting this would be wrapped in a white coat, given the Penguins’ crop of wondrous talent. But, the situation… Read More

Maple Leafs Contented and Chirpy

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 2) – I had a wonderful time here yesterday, covering hockey practice at Rogers Arena early in the afternoon; writing a story on James Reimer for the National Post later in the day and hooking… Read More
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