Bet’cha the Leafs Aren’t Done

TORONTO (Mar. 5) — With Detroit next up for the Maple Leafs, it’s an appropriate time to wonder if the last meeting between the pre–expansion rivals supplied the demarcation point in Toronto’s schedule. That would have been Jan. 25 at… Read More

Leafs Need To Extend Lamoriello

TORONTO (Mar. 2) — Exactly how the Maple Leafs will be generally managed beyond next season may or may not be a topic of internal debate at the Air Canada Centre. Lou Lamoriello, destined for the Builders’ wing in the… Read More

The Sky Above The Earth Below

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

Kessel Fooled Leafs Nation

TORONTO (July 20) — When Phil Kessel told Sportsnet–590 on June 15 that he would likely bring the Stanley Cup to our city, many figured his incentive was to stick it up the old wahzoo of Leafs Nation. The multitudes… Read More

Andersen To Become No. 63

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

Most Coaches Have Two Left Feet

TORONTO (May 10) — Among the hidden stories of Guy Boucher becoming head coach of the Ottawa Senators this week (replacing Dave Cameron) involved unspoken evidence that Boucher would have been hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs 12 months ago,… Read More

Sweet Revenge For Road Sharks

TORONTO (Apr. 23) — In the spring of 2012, I had the privilege of covering the greatest road team in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs. En route to their first National Hockey League title, the Los Angeles Kings… Read More

Leafs Options May Be Limited

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 13) — In their quest to sell off as many “assets” as possible, the Toronto Maple Leafs will discover that the rest of the National Hockey League was paying attention to their plight last season.… Read More

Vintage NHL Jerseys

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 25) — With only eight shopping months remaining until Christmas, here’s a wonderful idea for the old fart in your life: Buy him a vintage National Hockey League jersey. I’m serious. He’ll wear it to… Read More

Look For Middle Ground, Leaf Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 21) – It is the most oft-repeated cliche in professional sport. You hear it from enlightened hockey players all the time: “Don’t get too high with the highs or too low with the lows.” A… Read More

Kooky Leafs Heading Northward Again

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 20) – It is difficult to fathom that the Maple Leafs are hotter right now than the Anaheim Ducks. But, it’s true. Over the past 72 hours, Leafs have out-pointed the National Hockey League’s best… Read More

Best/Worst NHL Uniforms of All Time

RE-POST FROM JANUARY 2012 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 17) – Frequent visitors to this corner – and, perhaps, infrequent ones – are likely aware of my rather substantial collection of vintage NHL jerseys. Interest in these items has Read More

Kings Will Top Devils in Lengthy Final

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 26) – Do I believe the Los Angeles Kings are for real? Yes. Do I believe the Kings will win their first Stanley Cup this spring? Yes. Do I think it will happen as precisely Read More

Undisputed Kings of the West

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 23) – Since April 11 of this spring, the Los Angeles Kings have been the best team in the National Hockey League – perhaps unexpectedly, but without debate. If that trend continues between May Read More

Bob Cole Still Going Strong

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 22) – When the subject of hockey broadcasting legends from English-Canada arises, a half-dozen names immediately come to mind: Foster Hewitt, Danny Gallivan, Dan Kelly, Bill Hewitt, Bob Cole and Jim Robson. Others are Read More

L.A. Kings, Sun Both Eclipsed Yesterday

By HOWARD BERGER LOS 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

Humoring Darryl Sutter Quite a Challenge

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 20) – When history buffs one day reflect on the first century of the National Hockey League, two families will be studied with keen interest: the Patricks and the Sutters. The first were founders Read More

(Mostly) Quiet Hockey Friday

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 19) – The two-day gap between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference final provided the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings the option of staying away from the rink yesterday Read More
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