The “C”–Word is Dirty

TORONTO (Apr. 19) — No, I am not referring to that C–word. Head out of the gutter, men. Every bit as vulgar, however, in the context of professional sport is the term “choke” — which yours truly deployed in the… Read More

Leafs Planning For 2020

TORONTO (Jan. 12) — It is a wonderful and rather uncomplicated time to be a fan of the improving Toronto Maple Leafs, whose youngest and most–dynamic players are skating under entry–level salary restriction. None of Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Nikita… Read More

Leafs Will Learn — Eventually

TORONTO (Nov. 1) — It will be a tell–tale sign that the young Maple Leafs are maturing when the club approaches a double–header like this past weekend with more of a competitive edge and less satisfaction. Though it yielded zero… Read More

Andersen To Become No. 63

TORONTO (June 26) — On the night of Saturday, Oct. 14, 1967, when the Chicago Black Hawks visited Maple Leaf Gardens to begin the expansion era in the National Hockey League, Johnny Bower started in goal for the home team.… Read More

Andersen Brings A Resume

TORONTO (June 21) — Given how often the Maple Leafs have swung and missed in recent years with apparent goaltending saviors, it is easy to be skeptical about the club’s latest procurement. Examining the situation more closely, however, can lead… 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

How Will Leafs Break From the Break?

TORONTO (Dec. 14) — The “overachieving” Toronto Maple Leafs could resume play on Tuesday night dead–last in the National Hockey League standings. All it requires is Columbus getting to extra time at home against Tampa Bay on Monday for a… Read More

Bibeau Could Become No. 62

TORONTO (Nov. 8) — What better occasion to discuss goaltending than the 91st birthday of Johnny Bower — the most popular and beloved player in Toronto Maple Leafs history? Had there been a few more of his genre, it’s possible… Read More

Russell Martin Was Almost Steve Smith

TORONTO (Oct. 15) — I’m not sure we can imagine the coming off–season for Russell Martin were he not part of the most explosive team in Major League Baseball. Perhaps only one man — currently an assistant coach with the… Read More

Vintage NHL Jerseys

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 25) — With only eight shopping months remaining until Christmas, here’s a wonderful idea for the old fart in your life: Buy him a vintage National Hockey League jersey. I’m serious. He’ll wear it to… Read More

Ballard Anniversary Rather Apropos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 11) — This is a silver anniversary in need of much polish. The 2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs will mercifully expire tonight against Montreal at the Air Canada Centre — 25 years (and several hours) after… Read More

Jim Benning Has Come a Long Way

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) – He was projected to be among the spring-chicken saviors of the Harold Ballard era, which is likely all you need to know about Jim Benning’s inauspicious term as a defenseman with the Toronto… Read More

Price Injury is Hockey’s Loss

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 19) – The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs took a major hit today when it became known that Montreal goalie Carey Price is sidelined for the remainder of the Eastern Conference final against New York Rangers.… Read More

Carlyle Was Bang On

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 19) – Anyone remotely familiar with this corner will know that a) I am not Randy Carlyle’s No. 1 supporter among current or former members of the media; b) that I’m a huge James Reimer… Read More

More NHLers Should Emulate Kessel

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 18) – Yes, Phil Kessel is a streaky, prolific scorer. No, he will never win the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy. And, maybe, he is worthy of his $8 million-a-season price tag with the Toronto… Read More
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