TORONTO (July 27) — If you’re surprised that a rival National Hockey League team has not yet presented an offer–sheet to Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner, consider this: “July 1st isn’t the right time to make such a move,” a… Read More
TORONTO (July 20) — Were he to retract his vow from last December and trade the anvil–contract of William Nylander, it would be one small step for Kyle Dubas, one giant leap for salary–cap maintenance.
Okay, how better to start… Read More
TORONTO (June 19) — The question was inevitable and rhetorical: Would a Stanley Cup parade in our city either match or exceed the monstrous gathering for Monday’s basketball blowout in the downtown core?
First, no sports commemoration will ever top… Read More
TORONTO (June 28) — Let’s assume, for the sake of this blog, that long–time New York hockey writer Arthur Staple (now of The Athletic) — having driven much of the John Tavares coverage — is well within the confines of… Read More
TORONTO (Feb. 24) — A prediction here as it pertains to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Monday’s National Hockey League trade deadline (and one that won’t likely stun readers): General manager Lou Lamoriello will make a medium–level acquisition, at best,… Read More
TORONTO (Dec. 25) — I launched this website back in June 2011 to show people that I am able to put together English sentences. Those same people have forever–been more enthralled with the photos I’ve taken while hauling around a… Read More
TORONTO (Sep. 12) — As they careen through their most untimely slump in 29 years, the Toronto Blue Jays are saying all the right things and doing all the wrong things. Not since 1987 have the Blue Jays engendered such… Read More
TORONTO (June 7) — I was watching a newscast on the weekend when a familiar and grotesque image from September 11, 2001 filled the screen: United Airlines Flight 175 (a Boeing–767 laden with jet–fuel after departing nearby Boston) being deliberately… Read More
TORONTO (June 4) — Twice in my life, I saw Muhammad Ali live.
The first was on Apr. 26, 1975 during an otherwise–forgetful event in which former heavyweight champion George Foreman devoured five stiffs at Maple Leaf Gardens. Appropriately, it… Read More
TORONTO (May 18) — I felt extraordinarily privileged on Tuesday afternoon.
Not only did I spend time with the most popular and beloved figure in Toronto Maple Leafs history (pretty cool for a decades–long hockey fan; radio–reporter and writer), but… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 27) — There is obviously no pleasure in speaking with a person whose life is coming to an end. But, the moment does incorporate honor and privilege.
In 57–plus years, I’ve encountered the situation only twice: With my… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 8) — While much of the world around us has descended into a vortex of inhumanity, we here in the great white north bask in relative calm. Our newly–elected leader isn’t threatening to “water–board” his enemies; we aren’t… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (May 17) — Forget Mike Babcock. What the Maple Leafs need is a leader on the ice. A real horse. Someone with killer instinct who can play in all conditions and has no fear of being… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Jan. 20) — Actually, and I beg pardon of The Beatles, it was 20 years ago tonight. Late tonight Eastern Standard Time.
Professionally, it became a milestone — my first game covering the Toronto Maple Leafs… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (May 3) – One year minus ten days and a hockey game at TD Garden had an awfully familiar look to it.
Ever since the Maple Leafs gut-twisting loss to the Bruins in Game 7 last… 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
By HOWARD BERGERNEWARK (June 2) – Less than 24 hours after the greatest European to ever play in the National Hockey League announced his retirement, the goalie of the defending Stanley Cup champions suggested he would take a year’s … Read More
By HOWARD BERGER NEW YORK (Oct. 28) – A sage, hardened veteran of the media that covers the National Hockey League warned me, in no uncertain terms, about attempting to write the blog you have just started to read – … 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).