Trust is a Media/Fan Issue

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 7) – During his emotion-charged gathering with reporters in New York on Thursday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman fielded only one repeat question: Is a lack of trust between owners and players hampering the negotiating process?Read More

Crosby’s Restraint is Exemplary

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 1) – Once again, Sid the Kid is showing the way. As the NHL lockout approaches 2½ months, hockey fans may be getting tired of the game’s biggest star intimating that he will play in Read More

NHL Source: Mediation Could Work

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 27) – The no-effort aspect of the NHL lockout – exponential as the days and weeks accumulate – is to disdain any form of confidence in a resolution. Elevating one’s hope for a truce between Read More

NHL, NHLPA Long Ago Hit V-1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 22) – I always enjoy the insight of my friend and mentor, Pierre McGuire, who has forgotten more about hockey than most will ever know. And, I agreed entirely with Pierre when he told viewers Read More

Nuclear Winter “Still Avoidable”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 21) – As the emotional pendulum of the NHL lockout continues swaying to and fro, there is still abundant opportunity for the owners and players to bridge their differences. But, time is running short. “What Read More

NHL Source: Season in “Grave Jeopardy”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) – The pessimistic tone of the NHL lockout – on the cusp of a bargaining session planned for New York – made a bit more sense to me after chatting, earlier today, with a Read More

Intervention Unlikely in Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 16) – Unquestionably, the labor dispute between NHL players and owners would benefit from a neutral third party – as would any stalled negotiation. A domestic quarrel, for example, is frequently resolved by a relative Read More

Beware of Dangerous Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 6) – The most menacing game in hockey does not involve slashing, elbowing, high-sticking or bulldozing rival players. It has nothing to do with ice, skates, arenas or private luxury suites. Conducted every eight years Read More

NHLPA Ignoring Reality; Gambling Careers

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 31) – In an effort to corral meaningless public opinion, the National Hockey League Players Association continues to disdain time. Invaluable, irrevocable time. Another “internal” communique this week magically appeared on selected media outlets: “Read More

Are We Heading Down the Same Path?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 25) – With reasonable hope for an 82-game National Hockey League schedule doused – and assuming there was hope to begin with – it is not incomprehensible that a second entire season could vanish in Read More

Pot of Gold Somewhere?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 19) – If you were driving in the Greater Toronto Area at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, chances are you noticed a breathtaking double-rainbow in the southeastern sky. Perhaps it represented a ray of hope on Read More

P.R. Battle Intriguing Waste of Time

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 17) – Until a group of fans and reporters are invited to participate in collective bargaining between National Hockey League players and owners, I will remain mystified over the exertion toward public consent. Once the Read More

Stunning Offer From NHL

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) – The conciliatory note that all hockey fans have been craving was sung by Gary Bettman late this morning at a downtown office tower. If the NHL Players Association chooses to hum along, the Read More

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) – An optimist would point out that the NHL and NHLPA have broken the 2004-05 lockout pattern by choosing to stay in touch and meet with regularity – in New York or Toronto. A Read More

October Vanishes Late This Week

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 15) – By Friday afternoon at the latest, the National Hockey League will announce it has cancelled a second block of regular-season games – wiping out the remainder of October and the first week of Read More

Myriad of Friday Sporting Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 5) – Given what I’ve been reading, I believe there’s a lot of wishful thinking about the NHL’s lockout strategy. Many people are still convinced the league will permit stalled negotiations to extend into February… Read More

Players Losing Way More Than Money

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 4) – It’s comforting to know that locked out players in the National Hockey League have secured “rainy day” funds in the event of a protracted interruption. These funds are being augmented by part-time salaries Read More

NHL Season Could Be in Jeopardy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 22) – While there is ample opportunity for the National Hockey League and its players to salvage the 2012-13 season, the calendar could be deceiving. “The two sides are so entrenched in their positions that Read More
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