TORONTO (June 29) — Among the myriad issues that again restricted the Toronto Maple Leafs to one playoff round in April, the reliance on a single goalie ranks near the top. Which is hardly a new subject — in this… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 30) — It was like watching the re–run of an old Honeymooners episode, minus the comedy. I’ve seen the Classic 39 installments from 1954 so often, I can mouth the gut–splitting dialogue between Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 10) — The Maple Leafs today claimed goalie Curtis McElhinney off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets. If you aren’t rushing to put down a deposit on playoff tickets, you’re likely not alone.
As I mentioned in my… Read More
TORONTO (June 26) — On the night of Saturday, Oct. 14, 1967, when the Chicago Black Hawks visited Maple Leaf Gardens to begin the expansion era in the National Hockey League, Johnny Bower started in goal for the home team.… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (July 24) — If you believe that success or failure begins at the top of any company or enterprise, the Toronto Maple Leafs will end the longest Stanley Cup drought at some point in the foreseeable… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (May 21) — For reasons that aren’t difficult to comprehend, the Toronto Maple Leafs and skepticism have long–been intertwined. When you hold the existing record for lengthiest championship drought in a professional league, distrust and apprehension… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Nov. 24) — I don’t mind telling you I’m pretty torn up today.
As I was leaving my apartment for a doctor’s appointment, my BlackBerry came to life. It was 11:02 a.m. — a text from… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (July 3) – Though it’s been a long time, we’ve seen this act before with the Maple Leafs. The one that features a supplanted No. 1 goalie hanging around in dismay while his general manager works… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERLOS ANGELES (May 21) – Game 4 of the Western Conference final was such a foregone conclusion in these parts that fear seemed to take hold just prior to the opening face-off. While riding the press elevator … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERGLENDALE, 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
By HOWARD BERGERGLENDALE, Ariz. (May 14) – While the Los Angeles Kings haven’t won anything yet, they are methodically piecing together the most impressive Stanley Cup romp in nearly a quarter-century. Not since the dynasty of Wayne Gretzky and … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERGLENDALE, Ariz. (May 12) – Heading into Saturday night’s deciding game of the Washington – New York Eastern Conference semifinal at Madison Square Garden, I sensed the Rangers may have tempted fate once too often by coming … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERGLENDALE, Ariz. (May 8th) – Hockey fans in Eastern Canada and the United States will be wise to take an afternoon nap, if possible, during the Stanley Cup semifinals. There is bound to be some late-night TV … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERST. LOUIS (Apr. 30) – After nearly three weeks on the Stanley Cup playoff trail – my itinerary moving me, thus far, from Toronto to Vancouver to Los Angeles to Phoenix to Vancouver to Toronto [for laundry] … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERGLENDALE, Ariz. (Apr. 22) – Despite a cap-induced purge of several players that contributed to their 2010 Stanley Cup victory, the Chicago Blackhawks are essentially a unit powered by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith – … 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).