Absurd (But Fun) Comparisons

TORONTO (Mar. 4) — I begin today with an impassioned waiver: What you are about to read is neither an indictment of Dave Randorf, Leo Komarov nor the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is simply, and absurdly, a comparison of games… Read More

Do The Leafs Have Their Next Captain?

TORONTO (Mar. 3) — There may be an unspoken element among the players acquired by Lou Lamoriello in the days before the National Hockey League trade deadline. Given the Maple Leafs prevail in a vacuum of leadership, perhaps the long–time… Read More

Leafs Triumverate Dissolved — Finally

The Maple Leafs are pretty much the same and will stay that way until the failed nucleus (of Randy Carlyle, Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel) is addressed. — BERGER BYTES, July 10, 2014. TORONTO (Feb. 10, 2016) — And here we… Read More

Correlation Escapes Me

TORONTO (Jan. 25) — I have never played the game, so I will bow to my friend, Glenn Healy. As the Toronto Maple Leafs lollygagged about the ice at Air Canada Centre during the first period of Saturday’s encounter with… Read More

Debunking My Own Myth

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 26) — Perhaps I’ve been caught drinking the Kool Aid. Though it is mid–summer, and thirst can become pervasive, I’ve normally strayed from gulping blue–and–white beverage. But, maybe not this time. In my Friday blog,… Read More

Bernier’s Baby Has the Scoop

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 18) — Those newby children make for terrific pawns, don’t they? Can’t even say “da–da” yet and their fathers are heading elsewhere in the National Hockey League. What a wonderful world. For those unaware, Martine… Read More

Should NHL Teams “Filter” Fan-Wear?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 4) — The Tampa Bay Lightning — down 1–0 to Chicago in the Stanley Cup final — has been ridiculed in some circles for prohibiting rival–team apparel in the Club sections of Amalie Arena. This… Read More

Will Babcock Salvage Phaneuf?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 31) — Eleven days after the Maple Leafs collared the coach they had targeted for more than a year, fans of the hockey club await another detonation. At some point, more of the roster that… Read More

Of Course Leafs Are “Canada’s Team”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 25) — That was no Freudian slip by Mike Babcock. When the new and incomparably moneyed coach–in–town called the Toronto Maple Leafs “Canada’s team” at his inaugural media gathering on Thursday, you could hear teeth… Read More

Habs Will Prevail, But With Difficulty

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 30) — In order to advance beyond the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens will have to quickly forget the regular season. An Eastern Conference semifinal clash with Tampa Bay… Read More

Rangers/Ducks Will Play For Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) — Start spreadin’ the news. For the second consecutive spring, the New York Rangers will encounter a team from southern–California in their quest to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1994… Read More

Leafs Empty-Seat Mania

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) — Imagine how destitute the tall foreheads at 60 Bay St. must be today. A paltry 18,366 tickets sold for Monday night’s meaningless National Hockey League game against the Minnesota Wild and the sky… Read More

Leafs Will Battle Only Themselves

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 25) — Truth be known, and despite popular opinion, our city has long provided the most amenable climate in which to build a contending team in the National Hockey League. It’s those entrusted the choreRead More

Phaneuf Absence Good Test For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 26) — To illustrate how goofy it has once again become with hockey in this town, the news of Dion Phaneuf’s “upper–body” injury (or fractured hand) brought to mind that scene late in the Wizard Read More

Leafs Fan Snub Entirely Typical

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 21) — That the Maple Leafs petulantly slithered off the ice Thursday night at Air Canada Centre without the common stick–raising salute to their fans was typical of a team entirely devoid of character. In Read More

Grief Has No Boundary

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) — I had a revealing conversation with my son late Wednesday afternoon. Shane called from the University of Guelph. We talked about the tragic events of the day in Ottawa and the Maple Leafs/Senators Read More

The “Forgotten” Leafs Angle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 1) – If one were to rank media/fan chatter about the Maple Leafs during training camp and exhibition games, it would likely evolve something like this: 1) Factoring injury, how the revamped third and fourth-line… Read More

An Audience With Ron and Don

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 13) – Several hours before the Maple Leafs said goodbye for the season, my children – Shane and Lauren – had the privilege of saying hello to Ron MacLean and Don Cherry. Lauren had been… Read More
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