Is It Truly So Difficult?

TORONTO (Aug. 26) — We may — and I stress, may — discover once again this season just how apparently difficult it is to win the Stanley Cup. Toronto Maple Leafs–“difficult” includes not even appearing in the championship round of… Read More

The Bozak–JVR Enigma

TORONTO (July 18) — It is rather puzzling that people who observe the Leafs for a living, and those that root for the club with their entire soul, have lost appreciation for veterans Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk. Particularly… Read More

A Humorous (Pathetic?) Stat

TORONTO (May 15) — Want to know how generally lousy it was for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans during the Harold Ballard administration in the 1970’s and 80’s? Normally, I would offer you a “let me count the… Read More

Leafs Not “Heavy” Enough

TORONTO (Apr. 5) — By this time next week, Toronto hockey fans will be watching their favorite team in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in four years… and the first time in 13 years after a full,… Read More

Leafs Prime Deficit Is Obvious

TORONTO (Oct. 26) — First, the good news for hockey fans in this city: The Leafs are only two points out of Wild Card playoff territory in the Eastern Conference with 76 games left. The mathematical possibilities are endless. NotRead More

Of course, Leafs Won’t Trade No. 1

TORONTO (June 18) — With less than a week remaining before the most anticipated draft in Toronto hockey history, local fear–mongers are still emailing about an imminent trade of the No. 1 pick. These people have no concept of relaxation,… Read More

Ron Willing to Battle

TORONTO (Mar. 29) — The plight of former National Hockey League referee Ron Wicks has engendered an outpouring of sympathy and prayer within and beyond the world of ice and pucks. Having become a dear friend over the past two… 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

One Year Later, It’s the Raptors

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 28) – One thing we can say about teams that call Air Canada Centre home: When they make the playoffs, they tend to overachieve. Of course, it is all relative. Neither the Maple Leafs last… Read More

Leafs Fans Watching REAL Hockey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 20) – If you aren’t altogether sure of the immense gulf that exists between the Maple Leafs and any of the Stanley Cup contenders, watch Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. After two minutes, you’ll… Read More

More “Missouri” in St. Louis

By HOWARD BERGER “If the visitors can summon more energy – and rested James Reimer can stonewall Alex Steen, David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Co. – the game will be competitive. Otherwise, TV remotes around the GTA will be active Read More

Leafs Must Capitalize at Home

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 10) – There is no bigger compliment I can offer the Maple Leafs than to say the club reminded me of the Pat Quinn era during its perfect road trip this week. For those who Read More

Has It Been Worse For Leafs Since ’67?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 28) – When discussing the post-Stanley Cup years here in town, it is generally acknowledged that the “lost decade” of the 1980s under Harold Ballard represents the deepest valley in Maple Leafs history. And for Read More
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