Of Course, Leafs Can Stand Pat

TORONTO (June 29) — On Sunday afternoon in Chicago, moments after the 2017 National Hockey League draft, Lou Lamoriello sat alongside Mark Hunter and did what only he can do to perfection. Engaging and cooperative, the Maple Leafs general manager… Read More

Leafs Refused To Get Silly

TORONTO (June 24) — Obviously, I cannot say for certain. Neither can most others, as Lou Lamoriello never divulges company secrets. But, I would be shocked beyond measure if the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs even considered trading… Read More

Early Leafs Observations

TORONTO (Oct. 21) — Nine days ago, hours before the 2016–17 National Hockey League season, I wrote a blog in this corner entitled LEAFS WILL SIZZLE… THEN FIZZLE. It was my contention that the young, talented and energetic team assembled… Read More

Tank You, Lou

TORONTO (July 2) — As most anticipated, the Maple Leafs stepped back Friday and observed the insanity of the National Hockey League’s 2016 free agent frenzy. At least, the initial three hours or so. At which point Lou Lamoriello chose… Read More

Closed Circuit Memories

TORONTO (June 4) — Twice in my life, I saw Muhammad Ali live. The first was on Apr. 26, 1975 during an otherwise–forgetful event in which former heavyweight champion George Foreman devoured five stiffs at Maple Leaf Gardens. Appropriately, it… Read More

Centers of Attention

Busted flat in Baton Rouge; waiting for a train… And I’s feelin’ near as faded as my jeans. TORONTO (May 7) — I was cruising along a highway north of the city the other night when Janis Joplin’s 1971 anthem,… Read More

NHL Scout: “Leafs in a perfect spot”

TORONTO (Apr. 21) — If you’re an avid follower of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you will recognize the two most significant games played by your hockey club in the past ten years. Clearly, and despite the ignominious result, Game 7… Read More

Ron Willing to Battle

TORONTO (Mar. 29) — The plight of former National Hockey League referee Ron Wicks has engendered an outpouring of sympathy and prayer within and beyond the world of ice and pucks. Having become a dear friend over the past two… Read More

Centenary Whining

TORONTO (Feb. 13) — The bitch–and–moan meter is off the charts around here with news that Los Angeles and Chicago — during the Maple Leafs 100th anniversary season next year — have been awarded two of the most–coveted National Hockey… Read More

How ‘Bout That “Other Guy?”

TORONTO (Jan. 16) — No one can deny that Mike Babcock is an elite coach in the National Hockey League. And, there is absolutely no debating that Babcock is the highest–paid coach in the NHL. Ever. But, is he… Read More

Leafs Aren’t Finished Competing

TORONTO (Jan. 14) — Wow, that didn’t take long. Here we are in mid–January and the “playoff–bound” Toronto Maple Leafs are suddenly left for dead. An email from an ardent — now inconsolable — fan of the Blue and White… Read More

My Travel Photography

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 22) – Given that many of you have spoiled me rotten with comments about my alleged photograpy skill, I thought I might spend some time “feeding the beast.” Once upon a time, I was known… Read More

Blackhawks React to Raffi Torres Suspension

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (Apr. 21) – Stanley Cup champions two years ago, the Chicago Blackhawks will try to avoid first-round playoff elimination here tonight in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal against the Phoenix Coyotes – puck-drop Read More

Healy: Wilson’s Big Mistake Was Last Week

By HOWARD BERGER MONTREAL (Mar. 3) – I was on a train Friday night from Toronto when news broke that Ron Wilson had been fired as coach of the Maple Leafs, which is somewhat ironic given that word of Pat Read More

Could Randy Carlyle Salvage Leafs Season?

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Mar. 1) – Given the severely limited options available to Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, the question must be asked: Would Burke’s old Stanley Cup running-mate in Anaheim – Randy Carlyle – be able to Read More

Leafs Stumble Into Madhouse on Madison

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Feb. 29) – There was no evidence of the Maple Leafs at the United Center this morning, and fans of the reeling club are likely fearful the same could apply after 8 o’clock tonight. Having chartered Read More

Leafs Reminiscient of Early-’96

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Feb. 29) – Since the early part of my career in radio, I have refused to advocate a person losing his job. If others wish to do so, that’s fine – there’s no right or wrong, Read More
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