TORONTO (July 6) — For as long as anyone can remember; but, specifically, in the age of Internet and social media, the Toronto Maple Leafs have possessed as rabid and unconditionally–loyal a fan–base as any in professional sport. How do… Read More
Twenty–four years after trading for a guy named Sundin at the 1994 NHL Draft in Hartford, the Leafs chose a guy named Sandin Friday night in Dallas. Will Rasmus turn out anything close to Mats? In the meantime…
TORONTO (June… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 28) — Let’s assume, for a moment, that Don Cherry is unlikely to be a mainstay on Hockey Night In Canada for another 38 years. Though Donald S. seems indestructible — in our livingrooms each Saturday since 1980… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 8) — It is officially and undeniably crunch time for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Not unexpectedly, the quest for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference has come down to the final weekend of the regular season and… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 2) — I begin this blog with somewhat of a contradiction: Though I believe Mike Babcock should be among the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as National Hockey League coach–of–the–year, I do not believe he is the… Read More
TORONTO (Feb. 22) — Yes, Tuesday night’s free–for–all at the Air Canada Centre provided wonderful entertainment for those in attendance and many others watching on TSN. Jake Gardiner scored in overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 5–4 victory over… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (June 21) — “In any other draft year, I firmly believe that Noah Hanifin would be the top–rated prospect. He is that good.”
Appropriately, and barring an unforeseen development, the Eastern Conference bird–dog that provided me… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Mar. 1) – As I come toward the third anniversary of this (ahem) vaunted website, it’s time to pour through the images of my trusty Nikon and share with you my favorites.
These photos were taken… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Dec. 8) – Let’s exclude goalies from this conversation because only a divine presence knows where the Maple Leafs would be without Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer.
Among those that skate beyond the immediate vicinity of… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
By HOWARD BERGERNEW YORK (Sep. 13) – In a city renowned for star appeal, the National Hockey League trotted out its biggest names on Thursday afternoon – players and owners separated by a mere three blocks and two high-rise … Read More
TORONTO (AUG. 4) – LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE DOUBLE THE FUN FOR LUKE SCHENN WITH HIS NEW TEAM, AS HE’LL TRADE HIS NO. 2 LEAFS JERSEY FOR NO. 22 WITH THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS. IN ABOVE PHOTO, LUKE IS FLANKED… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (June 24) – For one of the few occasions I can remember, local newspaper headlines mislead hockey fans in this city – out of naivety and carelessness.“LEAFS TRADE FOR BRAWN” screamed the front page of … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (June 23) – Given his tenure as GM of the Maple Leafs, Brian Burke made a move today that will likely pan out.Trading has been bold and mostly productive since Burke assumed the managerial reign … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (Apr. 7) – Once the regular season ends for the Maple Leafs tonight in Montreal, perhaps a Gallup poll could be taken to determine which member of the organization has endured the ultimate horse-whipping. Final candidates … Read More
Hockey/baseball reporter at THE FAN-590 for 23 years (1988-2011), and original from September 1992 launch of Canada’s first all-sports radio station. Covered Toronto Blue Jays 1992 and 1993 World Series victories. Started with Leafs full time in 1994. Enjoying life with my family (kids Shane and Lauren).