Dubas Needs To Unload Salary

TORONTO (Nov. 30) — There is only one contingency for the Maple Leafs in their back–up goaltending conundrum… and it comes with no guarantee: general manager Kyle Dubas has to unload a contract. Maybe not a William Nylander contract, but… Read More

First Intermission Will Need Spice

TORONTO (Nov. 24) — A viewer to Hockey Night In Canada would need to be in his (or her) early–40’s to remember blandness in the first intermission. There was an explosion of color, literally and figuratively, during Don Cherry’s unequaled… Read More

“I’m Sad” Says Don Cherry

TORONTO (Nov. 18) — It wasn’t often, in his public life, that Don Cherry had to summon enthusiasm. Whatever you felt about the icon that commanded nationwide attention for 38 years on Hockey Night In Canada, he had gusto streaming… Read More

Is Coach’s Corner Really Dead?

TORONTO (Nov. 14) — I haven’t a shred of information about this and I could be barking up a California Redwood. But, neither would I be shocked if Don Cherry returns to his familiar spot in the first intermission of… Read More

The Other Side of Donald S.

TORONTO (Nov. 12) — Let me tell you a quick story about Don Cherry that has no correlation with the purported reason for his firing on Monday by Rogers. It does, however, show a side to the man of which… Read More

Yes, Jack Todd Had A Point

TORONTO (Oct. 15) — I remember sitting at a popular hamburger joint here in town a few years ago (Golden Star, on north Yonge Street), gabbing with Dan Shulman. Each of us had brought our sons for dinner. It was… Read More

Call it “Burkie’s Drive”

“I do thank you… the people here at Rogers and, mostly, the people who fill out those little ballots and tell us how many people are watching or listening. Thank you for allowing me to occupy this seat for the Read More

Grapes Slowing, But Still Poignant

TORONTO (Dec. 10) — Don Cherry, on Feb. 5, will be 85 years of age, having enjoyed what is likely the longest–running show for an individual in the history of television, anywhere in the world. Over 37 years, since the… Read More

We’re Watching 2nd–Best Leafs Ever

TORONTO (Mar. 23) — Though it’s true and understandable that the 2017–18 Toronto Maple Leafs will be evaluated on their playoff performance, we are likely watching the second–best club in franchise history. When I say “watching”, I mean so literally:… Read More

Could Matthews Become Gaye?

TORONTO (Sep. 27) — Yes, the headline here is a play–on–words and, perhaps, marginally inappropriate. But, laugh along with me, folks. Recent events, south of the 49th parallel, have been all–too serious. What I’m asking, within the context of sport,… Read More

Cancer Strikes Leafs Family… Again

TORONTO (Aug. 9) — Tuesday was one of surprise, sadness and shock. Surprise that actor Dustin Hoffman turned 80 years of age (imagine that, Mrs. Robinson); sadness to learn that country–music icon Glen Campbell had succumbed to Alzheimer’s, also at… Read More

Kessel Was Full Value, But…

TORONTO (June 14) — Fans of the Maple Leafs should not begrudge Phil Kessel for raising the Stanley Cup. Kessel was hardly a passenger in the 2016 playoffs, leading Pittsburgh in scoring with 10 goals and 22 points. It proved… Read More

Hasn’t It “Groan” Old?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 28) — If I had $100 for every groan from a Maple Leafs player about the unpalatable Air Canada Centre climate, my down-payment on the Bridle Path would have long ago been submitted. And, I’m Read More

Dave Hodge Still “The Man”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 28) – Canadian broadcasting legend Dave Hodge is less than 15 years older than me, yet it seems that I’ve been watching him on TV forever. Hodge was a spry 26 years of age when… Read More

Hockey Night In Canada Reflections

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 18) – Unlike others, I am not mourning the demise of Hockey Night In Canada as we’ve known it through the years. Change in life is inevitable and I suspect Rogers Communications will do a… Read More

Bob Cole Still Relevant/Remarkable

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 3) – If you pay attention to Internet lunacy, it would appear that Bob Cole has made a comeback of sorts. If you know anything about the broadcasting business, the dean of hockey television in… Read More

There’s No Duplicating Coach’s Corner

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 30) – Why even try? An odd consensus seems to have formed since Tuesday’s blockbuster announcement that Rogers Communications will control Canadian TV rights to the National Hockey League for 12 years, beginning next season.… Read More

Reimer Silencing Net Talk

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 3) – I promised myself I wouldn’t write a blog on my 54th birthday but James Reimer has convinced me to put some words together. Besides, the grizzled ol’ Leaf, Tiger Williams, is 59 today Read More
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