Are Leafs Actually “Retiring” Numbers?

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 2) – Tonight’s National Hockey League game here between the Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs will be delayed for a ceremony in recognition of the most electrifying Vancouver player of all time: Pavel Bure. The… Read More

Leafs Will Give Bruins Trouble

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 29) – So, the dream match-up didn’t happen after all. But, it may turn out to be just the tonic the Maple Leafs need. Perhaps the Leafs would have had an easier chore facing Montreal Read More

Leaf Notes: Kadri, Frattin, Reimer, Burke

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 13) – While it is still rather premature to acknowledge patterns in this lockout-shortened NHL season, the Maple Leafs have harvested a forward tandem that could become a franchise cornerstone. Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin Read More

Study in Violence: Leafs vs. Flyers 1976

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 20) – My Lord, was it a sweat-box in Maple Leaf Gardens. Thirty-six years and seven months ago, yet burned into memory. Stanley Cup playoff games lasting more than 3½ hours. The battling, underdog Leafs Read More

Intervention Unlikely in Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 16) – Unquestionably, the labor dispute between NHL players and owners would benefit from a neutral third party – as would any stalled negotiation. A domestic quarrel, for example, is frequently resolved by a relative Read More

Hall of Fame Induction Too Important

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 13) – With the NHL lockout approaching its third month, concern developed in some quarters that the labor squabble would diminish Monday night’s Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony. Not a chance. If anything, it allowed Read More

Leafs of 1977-78 – Part 3 [Playoffs]

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 9) – During the 1970s, Maple Leafs qualified for the Stanley Cup tournament in all but two seasons (1969-70 and 1972-73). Leafs competed in 60 playoff games and were absolutely slaughtered in overtime. On four Read More

Leafs of 1977-78 – Part 2

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 6) – While the Maple Leafs team of 35 years ago enjoyed its best season in the Harold Ballard era, it declined rather dramatically after Game 28. Rampaging to a 19-6-3 record from Oct. 13 Read More

Anderson Remembers His Leaf Roots

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 15) – Among the characteristics of John Anderson that have not changed in the past 35 years are his sense of humor; his golden thatch of hair and his handle-bar mustache. “I still think Read More
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