TORONTO (Nov. 16) — One more chance. That’s all the Maple Leafs have without Auston Matthews.
One final opportunity — against New Jersey, tonight — to prove they can sh** the bed in the absence of their best player. “If… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 26) — The worst team in the National Hockey League to begin the 2017–18 season has some colossal number–crunching on the horizon. And you have to think that a rival general manager — at some point — will… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 22) — In their interminable quest to secure a legitimate, No. 1 defenseman, the Maple Leafs could be eyeing Oliver Ekman–Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes. So says one of my Phoenix bird–dogs.
“This is for later in the… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 2) — As so often happens in professional sport when hype trumps expectation, the main characters in Tuesday night’s drama at Air Canada Centre barely made it on stage.
This was billed as a showdown between the last… Read More
TORONTO (May 2) — Shocking, wasn’t it, that Brendan Shanahan refused to reveal the Maple Leafs’ plan after winning the draft lottery on Saturday? The same Shanahan who hired a general manager that wouldn’t confirm the chill of an arctic… Read More
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
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Aug. 22) – Given that many of you have spoiled me rotten with comments about my alleged photograpy skill, I thought I might spend some time “feeding the beast.”
Once upon a time, I was known… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERPHOENIX (May 24) – Well, folks, I’ve got to be honest: after traveling as a reporter in the National Hockey League for more than two decades, I truly believed I had encountered just about every delay, misadventure … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERGLENDALE, Ariz. (May 15) – Among the characteristics of John Anderson that have not changed in the past 35 years are his sense of humor; his golden thatch of hair and his handle-bar mustache. “I still think … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERLOS ANGELES (May 2) – Crappy anniversary, Leafs Nation.As if you weren’t aware, it was 45 years ago tonight – May 2, 1967 – that your team last played a game in the Stanley Cup final … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERVANCOUVER (Apr. 23) – There is never a shortage of adjectives and emotion when describing the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs – arguably the most implausible fortnight in professional athletics. To wit: Ottawa – chosen … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERGLENDALE, Ariz. (Apr. 21) – I’m back in the desert for the first time since a trip with the Maple Leafs a year ago January, but I’m not expecting to travel here beyond the 2012 Stanley Cup … Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Feb. 1) – It was 40 years ago that a rogue hockey league – a pipe-dream to many – forever changed the economic climate in the sport.
The World Hockey Association was formed in mid-1971 by… 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).