Leafs May Have Been Best Ever

TORONTO (Apr. 1) — Despite what you may infer, there is nothing “April Fool’s” about the headline to this blog. With a bit of luck and accuracy in extra time, and some early defensive acumen in third periods, the 2016–17… Read More

Leafs Have Earned Playoff Shot

TORONTO (Mar. 22) — The math will sort itself out over the next 18 days and nights, finally determining whether the Toronto Maple Leafs partake in the Stanley Cup tournament for the first time in 13 years after a full… Read More

Leafs: Look Out From Behind

TORONTO (Feb. 13) — During this mostly–refreshing season for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club has been gazing upward at its Atlantic Division rivals; aiming for a top–three finish and a guaranteed playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.… Read More

A Perfect Day For “The Voice”

TORONTO (Jan. 2) — Joe Bowen should have bought a Lotto–Max ticket on Monday. The already filthy–rich voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs would have easily won the jackpot, adding to the multi–millions he has stashed away for generations of… Read More

Remembering Ron Wicks

BRAMPTON, Ont. (Apr. 15) — On an afternoon in which close friends, relatives and former colleagues were invited to commemorate the life of National Hockey League referee Ron Wicks, I kept my eyes peeled for the Brampton Fire Chief. Had… Read More

Meltdown Against Beantown

TORONTO (Apr. 9) — Where have we seen this before… a Toronto professional sports team coughing up apparent–to–certain victory against a rival from Boston? Okay, the stakes weren’t nearly as high on Friday night as during the Causeway St. Calamity… Read More

Will “Demoted” Marlies Stay Hungry?

TORONTO (Apr. 6) — Once the Maple Leafs finish their National Hockey League schedule on Saturday in New Jersey, many eyes around here will focus on the American Hockey League Toronto Marlies. Freshly re–stocked with returning players from the NHL,… Read More

Ron Wicks: 1940 — 2016

TORONTO (Apr. 2) — Ron Wicks, the longest–serving on–ice official in National Hockey League history, died peacefully Friday night at 8:43 in Brampton Civic Hospital. He was 75 and surrounded by his family — Barb, his wife of 52 years;… Read More

Ron Willing to Battle

TORONTO (Mar. 29) — The plight of former National Hockey League referee Ron Wicks has engendered an outpouring of sympathy and prayer within and beyond the world of ice and pucks. Having become a dear friend over the past two… Read More

A Dying Man’s Acceptance

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

Leafs To Become Much Busier

TORONTO (Jan. 6) — A contributing and largely–ignored factor in the strong performance of the Toronto Maple Leafs could be the club’s schedule the past month. Tonight in Anaheim, the Leafs will appear in just their tenth game since Dec.… Read More

Like Yesterday Afternoon

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) — It was 45 years ago Sunday. Mother’s Day 1970. My mom Sandee was in the prime of her life at age 32. I was 11 and had probably enjoyed brunch with her; my… Read More

Nonis Should Be Careful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 2) — There is nothing that resembles full disclosure when the general manager of a bad team meets with reporters after the annual National Hockey League trade deadline. As such, whatever David Nonis provided late… Read More

Full Spectrum of Johnny Bower

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 2) — It seems like every day, Maple Leaf fans are treated to the smiling face of the club’s all–time most popular player. At 90, Johnny Bower is marvelously ubiquitous, showing up whenever and wherever… Read More

45 Degrees of Separation

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 3) — Tie Domi turned 45 on Saturday. Johnny Bower, please God, will turn 90 this coming Saturday. Which means that Domi was born one week before Bower’s 45th birthday (did that all by myself). Read More
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