Crunch Time Will Define Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 6) – The Maple Leafs have successfully completed their first mission of the new season – winning five of eight exhibition games while incorporating half-a-dozen new players. Add in $3.00 a man and the entire Read More

Leafs Hiring Spott On

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 14) – Here’s a prediction: Steve Spott will be the next head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Take it to the bank. Precisely when this will happen remains a mystery but I’m thinking two… Read More

Leafs-Florida Blockbuster?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 2) – It is common knowledge that Florida Panthers are considering offers for the No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League draft later this month at Philadelphia. General manager Dale Tallon has spoken about… Read More

Beware of California Road Warriors

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 1) – Just when it appears that everything is in favor of the Chicago Blackhawks, they have to encounter one of the clutch road teams in recent Stanley Cup history. Los Angeles Kings. SPORTSLOGOS.NET Game… Read More

Nonis May Have to Trade Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 27) – First, let me be clear in acknowledging the Maple Leafs are okay right now. While banking 13 of 16 points in their past eight games, the team is trending upward in the Eastern… 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

Rogers Accomplishes Rare Feat

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 27) – I’ve got to hand it, big-time, to my former employer, Rogers Communications. There’s an age-old maxim that trumps every cliche known to man: “Action speaks louder than words.” Rarely, however, does one… Read More

NHL Deserves More Respect at Olympics

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 3) – Though it appears all but certain that NHL players will take part in the Winter Olympics for a fifth term, an official announcement has yet to be made. Time is clearly of the Read More

Casey Sounding Like Burke

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) – It is forever lost in semantics – the blurred line between objective and expectation – and is apparently unique to the pro sporting landscape in this city. We take you to Sep. 8, Read More

Reimer’s Best Hour

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 8th) – While re-establishing himself as a legitimate No. 1 commodity in the National Hockey League, James Reimer has turned in a bevy of dazzling performances this season – particularly since Randy Carlyle stopped Read More

NHL Fans; More on Burke

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 11) – Among the most pervasive and intriguing questions in the heartland of hockey is how fans across the NHL will respond to the 113-day lockout that ended last weekend. The prevailing sentiment – heightened Read More

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

No Shame in Rooting For Argos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 26) – Oddly enough, in a city where champions come to die, there is life today. The first major-league conquest in Toronto since 2004 may not have been captured by the most popular team in 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
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