Pat Quinn: Photographs and Memories

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 26) — Pat Quinn was such an imposing figure in the hockey world — and in my radio career — that one posthumous blog is hardly enough. As such, I have added this photographic tribute… Read More

Remembering the Big Irishman

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 24) — I don’t mind telling you I’m pretty torn up today. As I was leaving my apartment for a doctor’s appointment, my BlackBerry came to life. It was 11:02 a.m. — a text from… Read More

Bob Cole Still Relevant/Remarkable

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 3) – If you pay attention to Internet lunacy, it would appear that Bob Cole has made a comeback of sorts. If you know anything about the broadcasting business, the dean of hockey television in… Read More

Sizzling Jays Must Conquer Home Yips

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 23) – The 2014 Major League Baseball season is nearly two months old and no team has clobbered the rawhide quite like the Toronto Blue Jays. Make that the “first place” Toronto Blue Jays. John… Read More

Jim Benning Has Come a Long Way

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) – He was projected to be among the spring-chicken saviors of the Harold Ballard era, which is likely all you need to know about Jim Benning’s inauspicious term as a defenseman with the Toronto… Read More

Bernier Mystery Deepens

By HOWARD BERGER UPDATE: Toronto Maple Leafs today confirmed that goalie Jonathan Bernier has a groin-strain (as we expected) and is “believed to be day-to-day.” But, the question is: Why was Bernier allowed to aggravate what was clearly an existing… Read More

Darn Those Olympics

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 9) – Golden sunsets, white-sandy beaches and exotic islands notwithstanding, if there’s a team in the National Hockey League that requires a 19-day break less than the Toronto Maple Leafs, please let me know. Playing… 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

More NHLers Should Emulate Kessel

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 18) – Yes, Phil Kessel is a streaky, prolific scorer. No, he will never win the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy. And, maybe, he is worthy of his $8 million-a-season price tag with the Toronto… Read More

Can Kessel/Phaneuf Leafs Win Cup?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 28) – David Nonis has thrown down the gauntlet. Like Brian Burke – his mentor and predecessor as general manager of the Maple Leafs – Nonis is wagering that Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf can… Read More

Leafs Missing Only “Stage” Wins

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 21) – Including injuries, the Toronto Maple Leafs have overcome every obstacle in their path during the first quarter of the National Hockey League season. Except for one. Though points earned in the standings may… Read More

Leafs Worst Game Since Before Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 3) – No, the Maple Leafs did not sweep a western-Canada road trip for the first time since March 2000. In fact, it wasn’t even close. Leafs had a couple or three lousy performances in… Read More

Are Leafs Actually “Retiring” Numbers?

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 2) – Tonight’s National Hockey League game here between the Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs will be delayed for a ceremony in recognition of the most electrifying Vancouver player of all time: Pavel Bure. The… Read More

Maple Leafs Contented and Chirpy

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 2) – I had a wonderful time here yesterday, covering hockey practice at Rogers Arena early in the afternoon; writing a story on James Reimer for the National Post later in the day and hooking… Read More

Following the Leafs – Again

By HOWARD BERGER ABOARD AIR CANADA #135 TORONTO to EDMONTON (Oct. 29) – Good heavens, it is late Monday night. Or, depending on your whereabouts, early Tuesday morning. Regardless – if in North America – you are probably asleep right… Read More

Ch… Ch… Ch… Changes

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 8th) – I can guarantee you that all fans of the Vancouver Canucks are muttering some form of “it figures” today. Whatever else they may be muttering cannot be printed here. A dismal Read More

The Sundin Question – Five Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 13) – Today is Mats Sundin’s 42nd birthday. He remains the Toronto Maple Leafs all-time scoring leader nearly five years after last donning the blue and white jersey. Though he has twice since been accorded Read More

Hating Night In Canada

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 5) – As I watched the Maple Leafs-Bruins game Saturday night on CBC, I began to imagine the smoldering rage. Predictably, the visitors were dominating every inch of ice at the Air Canada Centre and Read More
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