When Gary Bettman Cuts, Does He Bleed?

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

Leafs Celebrating ’67 Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 23) – A substantial part of my collection – perhaps too substantial, given the storage space required – is old newspapers… most of which I’ve kept through the years; some of which have been given… Read More

Leafs Typical, Not Alarming

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 22) – After consecutive victories over Montreal early in the season, the Maple Leafs lost a game to the Canadiens on Saturday night and hockey observers here are reacting the way sports fans, in general,… Read More

Burke: NHL Concussion Epidemic an “Aberration”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 20) – Brian Burke is not easing up on the “rats” in the National Hockey League. When I spoke with the Maple Leafs president and general manager in the second intermission of Thursday night’s Toronto-Minnesota… Read More

It’s Optimus Reim or Bust

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 17) – Here is a word to the wise, and an encouraging one, for fans of the Maple Leafs: Do not give up on James Reimer. The upstart netminder that stole the heart of… Read More

Leafs Without Energy on Troops Night

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 15) – It is difficult to decide which was more predictable: the Maple Leafs losing in Buffalo on Friday, or getting swamped by the New York Rangers at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Given… Read More

Welcome to the Blizzard of 2012

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Jan. 13) – This could be a very long day. Having slept for maybe 90 minutes overnight, as a raging blizzard developed out of a Monsoon rain-storm here in the Queen City, an afternoon nap is Read More

Protecting Bowen and Watters From Ron Caron

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 10) – Every person involved with the National Hockey League over the past half-a-century almost surely has a story about Ron Caron, the legendary former executive with Montreal and St. Louis – known as… Read More

Leafs Love Home-stands

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 8th) – Give the Maple Leafs a wayward home game in the middle of a cold January week, and fans will often be treated to an exercise in futility. Provide this year’s team an extendedRead More

Burke Went Too Far – Needlessly

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 7) – Brian Burke has always been a fascinating study, but the intrigue surrounding the Maple Leafs general manager hit a new level this week. Burke’s lament over evolving strategy in the National Hockey League… Read More

Leafs Coverage “Stuff”

***CONTINUING A REVIEW OF MATERIAL POSTED ON BLOGSPOT EARLY IN THE FALL, THIS IS A LOOK BACK AT MY FIRST SEASON COVERING THE MAPLE LEAFS, HOME AND AWAY, FOR THE FAN-590***   By HOWARD BERGER  TORONTO (Sep. 30) –… Read More

More of My Sports “Stuff”

***THIS WAS PART 2 OF A SERIES ON SPORTS PUBLICATIONS IN MY PERSONAL COLLECTION, ORIGINALLY POSTED ON BLOGSPOT IN THE FALL*** By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 13) – This part of my collection is Toronto-centric… it begins with one of… Read More

Dumb Penalties After a Busy Day

By HOWARD BERGER   WASHINGTON (Dec. 9) – After looking respectable on the penalty kill through much of November, the Maple Leafs were stripped naked by the Washington Capitals on Friday night. A sequence of undisciplined penalties allowed the Caps… Read More

Leafs Have Definitely Moved Upstairs

By HOWARD BERGER  ANAHEIM (Nov. 28) – Though it is still difficult, albeit tantalising, for fans of the Maple Leafs to gauge the improvement of their team, one thing became crystal clear while sitting in the Honda Center on Sunday Read More
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