The Silence Is Deafening

TORONTO (Aug. 4) — This will not be the worst season, by record, in the 42 years since the Toronto Blue Jays joined Major League Baseball — a distinction that belongs to the 1979 club, which compiled a mark of… Read More

The Leafs At the Quarter–Pole

TORONTO (Nov. 24) — Over–achievement? Moderate achievement? And, does it really matter? These are questions that come to mind with respect to the Toronto Maple Leafs after 20 games of the 2016–17 National Hockey League season. Clearly, the team is… Read More

Marner No Surprise Here

TORONTO (Nov. 18) — If the Calder Trophy were awarded today, there’s little doubt that Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets would be the winner with a league–best 12 goals in 19 games. But, Mitch Marner of the Maple Leafs… Read More

Leafs Finally Get It Right

TORONTO (Oct. 16) — After 23 years of stubborn irrationality, the Toronto Maple Leafs have chosen to truly honor their past. And, Dave Keon’s No. 14 banner finally hangs from a steel beam in the Air Canada Centre. As Darryl… Read More

The Boomer Is 80

TORONTO (Sep. 9) — In the realm of longevity, those Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup teams from the 1960’s will not go away. And, we thank the good Lord for that. The latest in the group to join Club Octogenarian… Read More

Leafs At Another Crossroad

TORONTO (June 24) — In the course of 99 years, there have been myriad turning points for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Three, in particular, stand out to this day… with Auston Matthews in the on–deck circle. The most significant factors… Read More

Leafs Need Hunter in Current Role

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 24) — Now that Mike Babcock will not be named general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (confirmed) — and has told the hockey universe there is no provision in his contract with respect to… Read More

Could YOUR Zaidi Be a GM?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 8) — The Los Angeles Dodgers, earlier this week, hired a 37-year-old Zaidi as their new general manager. Where I come from, that’s an awfully young Zaidi. You see, Zaidi (or Zaida) is a popular Read More

Leafs Parallel Confusing

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 16) – Though cynical minds have long dominated Leafs Nation – and with reason – the parallel drawn between current and former regimes is confusing. This anomaly came to light again with the upbeat announcement… Read More

Inside Maple Leaf Gardens

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 31) – Having posted a blog Wednesday with exterior images of old, wonderfully-worn Maple Leaf Gardens, I was asked – quite logically – how it looks from the inside. At BergerBytes.ca, you never have to… Read More

Fifty Years Since Maple Leafs Dynasty

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 12) – Los Angeles Kings failed to win the Stanley Cup last night on the second anniversary of their first championship. It was June 11, 2012 that Kings routed New Jersey Devils, 6-1, at the… Read More

40 Years Ago Today

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 21) – You know him today for baking fresh donuts and brewing hot coffee. You may not recognize him for being the greatest defenseman in Toronto Maple Leafs history. Both are true. Also true is… Read More

The Essence of Maple Leaf Gardens

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 12) – The novelty will prevail for as long as they live. It is forever a thrill and privilege to be in the company of my boyhood heroes – doubly so when the backdrop is Read More
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