War of the Worlds — Leafs Edition

TORONTO (July 4) — It happened Oct. 30, 1938. Just prior to 8:30 p.m. Eastern — prime time for radio listening in the era before television. Orson Welles, portraying a news bulletin, broke into dance music on CBS to warn… 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

Canada–USA Rivalry Dormant

TORONTO (Sep. 21) — For a time earlier in the millennium, it appeared as if Canada would have a hockey rival capable of usurping the Russians in parity and malice. The Salt Lake City (2002) and Vancouver (2010) Winter Olympics… Read More

L.A. Kings One Step From a Dynasty

THE RIVALRY CONTINUES MAPLE LEAFS vs. CANADIENS, 7:00, AIR CANADA CENTRE – SPORTSNET By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 8) — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. A hard salary cap in the National Hockey League, most believed, would make Read More

Personnel Still Matters Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – As Hall-of-Fame executive Cliff Fletcher might say: “Analytics Shmanalytics.” Time of course will tell, but the hiring of Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager would seem to be a progressive move by the… Read More

Are Leafs Better, Different… or Neither?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 10) – The question posed in my headline is rhetorical and will probably remain so until the latter portion of next season – which appears to be the time of year the Maple Leafs are… Read More

Carter Said a Mouthful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 15) – It required 82 regular season and 26 playoff games – 8½ months of grueling hockey – for Jeff Carter to deliver a message to which the Toronto Maple Leafs and their gaggle of… Read More

Not in OUR Lifetime

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 3) – Though I’ll stop short of saying “never again”, I can virtually assure any person old enough to be reading this passage that you will not witness, for a second time, what has happened Read More

Kings Demolishing Coyotes, Playoff Marks

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 16) – The handiest item for any reporter covering the Stanley Cup Western Conference final this spring is a record-book – essential to keeping abreast of the steamrolling Los Angeles Kings while they plow Read More

Cue the Nervous Nellies

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Apr. 12) – Though the weather is expected to improve here today, the mood around this city is bound to be dark and dreary in the wake of last night’s hockey game at Rogers Arena. Fans Read More
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