Does The Shanaplan Prevail?

TORONTO (Apr. 25) — Rapid achievement in professional sport can be intoxicating. And, hauntingly mercurial if not guided by a steady hand. With that in mind, we wonder how the Toronto Maple Leafs might proceed after graduating from the National… Read More

Staying With Leafs in 6

TORONTO (Apr. 21) — The professional sports vibe in this city is not quite as radiant as a few days ago. The Raptors were annihilated at Milwaukee in Game 3 of their NBA playoff last night; the Blue Jays fell… Read More

Leafs-Capitals Still A Puzzle

TORONTO (Apr. 14) — Well, yes, David hung in with Goliath on Thursday night. In fact, the Toronto Maple Leafs nearly toppled the behemoth of the National Hockey League in their playoff opener. For the first time in exactly 16… Read More

Ron Wilson’s Loud Voice

TORONTO (Mar. 27) — In the early 1970’s, while in junior–high school, I would play around with the radio dial at night to determine which hockey games I could hear. After 8 o’clock, AM radio stations in the United States… Read More

Bet’cha the Leafs Aren’t Done

TORONTO (Mar. 5) — With Detroit next up for the Maple Leafs, it’s an appropriate time to wonder if the last meeting between the pre–expansion rivals supplied the demarcation point in Toronto’s schedule. That would have been Jan. 25 at… Read More

Leafs Need To Extend Lamoriello

TORONTO (Mar. 2) — Exactly how the Maple Leafs will be generally managed beyond next season may or may not be a topic of internal debate at the Air Canada Centre. Lou Lamoriello, destined for the Builders’ wing in the… Read More

Toronto, Detroit and Culture Shock

TORONTO (Jan. 26) — Of all the disparity provided by the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, nothing is quite–so foreign as the club being decidedly better than the Detroit Red Wings. Eons have passed since the Leafs could make such… Read More

No Escaping The Sh– House

TORONTO (Dec. 17) — Though Mike Babcock is decorated, highly–regarded (by most) and compensated more lavishly than any coach in National Hockey League history, his sh– house has no back door. Once inside, you’re liable to decompose with the contents.… Read More

Of Losing a Child

W. BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (Dec. 13) — For the purpose of this hockey–first website, Jamie Daniels was (and always will be) the son of Detroit Red Wings’ TV broadcaster Ken Daniels and his former wife, Lisa. Had Jamie been the child… Read More

Leafs Summer Eerily Quiet

TORONTO (Sep. 6) — News over the Labor Day weekend that goalie Frederik Anderson would miss roughly four weeks with an “upper–body” injury generated barely a ripple in this hockey–crazed market. Which thoroughly jibed with one of the quietest Maple… Read More

Rielly Contract Enlightening

TORONTO (Apr. 13) — It was good asset–management today by the Maple Leafs to lock up a pair of their most important players for the next six years. Center Nazem Kadri and defenseman Morgan Rielly — each selected early in… Read More

Gunnarsson Always Undervalued

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 29) – The trade of defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday morning generated shock-value equal to a 2.5-magnitude earthquake. In other words, it hardly registered. Which effectively summarizes the half-decade-long term… Read More

Shanahan Tour Deepens Mystery

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) – If Brendan Shanahan wanted to clarify his position on the Maple Leafs during a tour of city newspaper offices Wednesday, he failed rather miserably. Chances are it was more a political excursion than… 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

Leafs Win V-Shaped Western Trip

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 14) – Having copped four of six points in California this week against three of the National Hockey League’s best teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs are flying from Los Angeles to Washington with understated concern.… Read More

Too Early For 1993 Comparison

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 23) – Perhaps Phil Kessel should quickly change his jersey number from 81 to 14. Playing as well as he is, symmetry with our calendar year could be a terrific omen. All we must do… Read More

Quick Memory of May 1, 1993

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 1) – There was a juncture in my life when the passage of two decades seemed interminable. Not any more. For me, it is hardly difficult to comprehend that one of the most enduring moments Read More
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