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

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

Alyn McCauley Remembers 2002

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Apr. 13) – Though the passage of time seems to accelerate with age, it is nonetheless difficult to believe that a full decade has gone by since the Toronto Maple Leafs last appeared in the Stanley Read More

Boston Beat-Downs Defined Leafs Season

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Apr. 11) – Welcome to the home of the Presidents’ Trophy, where a reporter from Toronto traveled more than four-and-a-half hours by air on Tuesday to watch the nearest Canadian team begin the Stanley Cup playoffs Read More

Burke Scuffling But Not a Failure

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 9) – Brian Burke’s post-season address to the media is being anticipated around here much like the fireside radio chats of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II. FDR had an uncanny ability to comfort Read More

Phaneuf Pounding Overzealous

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (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

Leafs-NHL Conspiracy Thriving

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 5) – What a horrendous time it must be for life-and-death followers of the Maple Leafs. Those who watch the club with rooting interest but are not overly effected by results have it difficult enough. Read More

Carlyle Needs a Vacation – Already

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Apr. 4) – It took Randy Carlyle exactly one month to blow his cover and vent some of the exasperation smoldering within him as coach of the Maple Leafs. Sigmund Freud wouldn’t go near this group Read More

Robitaille Remembers Imlach: Good and Bad

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Apr. 3) – Happily for me, I walked into the Sabres dressing room at First Niagara Center after the morning skate today with one of my favorite people in the game: broadcaster and ex-Buffalo defenseman Mike Read More

Leafs, Sabres Mostly Strange Bedfellows

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Apr. 3) – The nearest rivalry between Canadian and American teams in the National Hockey League plays its final act of the season here in western New York later tonight. That the stakes are altogether different Read More

44 Leafs Notes and Opinions

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 30) – As a way of commemorating each spring since the Maple Leafs last Stanley Cup final appearance in 1967, I offer you these 44 thoughts:  1) I’ve seen a lot of bad Leaf teams Read More

Has It Been Worse For Leafs Since ’67?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 28) – When discussing the post-Stanley Cup years here in town, it is generally acknowledged that the “lost decade” of the 1980s under Harold Ballard represents the deepest valley in Maple Leafs history. And for Read More

Official End For Leafs Could Come Tuesday

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – Figurative elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs for a seventh consecutive season occurred during the Maple Leafs 1-9-1 death-spiral in February. Literal elimination – that which involves mathematics – could happen as early Read More

Reimer Rolls Back the Clock

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 24) – It will rank among the most unusual conquests of 2011-12 for the Maple Leafs, but we all know that beggars can’t be choosers. After serving up those consecutive-night turkeys against Boston and the Read More

Komisarek: The Players Care

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 23) – While writing a blog two weeks ago in this corner, I suggested the Maple Leafs should consider buying out the final two years of Mike Komisarek’s hefty contract. The veteran defenseman has struggled Read More

Media Burden Just Another Excuse

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 23) – Countering the oft-heard argument that the Maple Leafs are “victimized” by the Toronto media is remarkably easy. All one has to do is assemble a list of professional teams that have won championships Read More

Starch Gone From Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 21) – Perhaps I’m jaded after all my years around the Leafs but I have to be honest: There wasn’t much about the past two games that surprised me. Obviously, I wouldn’t have predicted an Read More

Another “Oy Vey!” in Beantown

By HOWARD BERGER BOSTON (Mar. 20) – It wouldn’t likely require a lot of research to determine whether the Maple Leafs have been slaughtered so regularly by one team in the post-80-game era (since 1974) as they were this season Read More
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