The ‘Toronto-60’

UPDATED ANUALLY, HERE IS A RE-POST OF THE NOW 60 MEN THAT HAVE TENDED GOAL FOR THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS SINCE THE 1967 STANLEY CUP TRIUMPH: By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 25) – Today marks 46 years, eight months and Read More

Gretzky to Run Leafs?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (JAN. 22) – With rumors beginning to swirl that Wayne Gretzky is being considered for the presidency of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, I present to you a blog I wrote on May 13, 2008 Read More

Vintage Hockey Jerseys – MY Collection

RE-POST: FROM JANUARY 2012 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 21) – The proliferation of “throw-back” jerseys in the National Hockey League began in 1991-92, when the six pre-expansion teams (Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, New York Rangers, Toronto) celebrated the NHL’s… Read More

Healy: Wilson’s Big Mistake Was Last Week

By HOWARD BERGER MONTREAL (Mar. 3) – I was on a train Friday night from Toronto when news broke that Ron Wilson had been fired as coach of the Maple Leafs, which is somewhat ironic given that word of Pat Read More

For Burke, Head Must Prevail Over Heart

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 26) – Trying to imagine the raw disappointment coursing through Brian Burke right now is no simple task. As recently as 19 nights ago, it appeared the Leafs’ general manager had finally assembled a playoff-worthy Read More

Leafs Still Owe Three Banners

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Last Saturday is already a wonderful memory: Mats Sundin and his family watching from centre-ice at the Air Canada Centre as a banner honoring the Leafs all-time scoring leader ascended to its rightful Read More

Two Solitudes of Leafs and Canucks

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Achievement in professional sport is all about perspective – a rather extreme correlation when considering the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, opponents at Rogers Arena here late Saturday afternoon. The disparity in… Read More

Sundin “Fluke” Still My Best Career Moment

***I WROTE THIS BLOG BACK IN FEBRUARY, ON THE EVE OF MATS SUNDIN HAVING HIS NO. 13 BANNER RAISED AT THE AIR CANADA CENTRE. CORRECTION: MAKE THAT “HALL-OF-FAMER” MATS SUNDIN*** By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 10) – There is no Read More

Shopping at Maple Leaf Gardens

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 6) – From the outside, the new Maple Leaf Gardens is almost identical to the building that served as home of the Leafs from 1931 to 1999. On the inside – at least, pertaining to Read More

World Hockey Association: Pictorial History

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 1) – It was 40 years ago that a rogue hockey league – a pipe-dream to many – forever changed the economic climate in the sport. The World Hockey Association was formed in mid-1971 by… Read More

Catching Up With Darcy Tucker

By HOWARD BERGER OTTAWA (Jan. 28) – The perfect summary of Darcy Tucker’s playing career in the National Hockey League occurred during a ten-day span in October 2009 – a transitory blip that connected elation and despair. Having returned to… Read More

Toronto Sports History in Logos, Photos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 25) – Each one of us that grows up a sports fan in this city will develop his or her personal connection. You may have a favorite team; logo, or a memorable experience relating to… Read More

Leafs Celebrating ’67 Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 23) – A substantial part of my collection – perhaps too substantial, given the storage space required – is old newspapers… most of which I’ve kept through the years; some of which have been given… Read More

Bobby Hull Perspective Long Overdue

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 12) – A good book almost always begins with a great idea. Sure, the subject matter has to be compelling, but a gripping cover-photo; a catchy title and a splendid scheme are invaluable in the… Read More

Protecting Bowen and Watters From Ron Caron

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 10) – Every person involved with the National Hockey League over the past half-a-century almost surely has a story about Ron Caron, the legendary former executive with Montreal and St. Louis – known as… Read More

Leafs Coverage “Stuff”

***CONTINUING A REVIEW OF MATERIAL POSTED ON BLOGSPOT EARLY IN THE FALL, THIS IS A LOOK BACK AT MY FIRST SEASON COVERING THE MAPLE LEAFS, HOME AND AWAY, FOR THE FAN-590***   By HOWARD BERGER  TORONTO (Sep. 30) –… Read More
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