Defense, Coaching Begins in Goal

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 7) – It ranks among the oldest of hockey cliches: “Give me a good goalie and I’ll show you a good coach.” Bench masters from any era will be the first to agree. Toe Blake Read More

Leafs Will Trade James Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 2) – If speculation about Roberto Luongo joining the Maple Leafs comes to fruition – as I firmly believe – James Reimer will change uniforms as well. It likely will not be as part of Read More

Luongo Would Add Class, Savvy to Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) – International acclaim and salary notwithstanding, there are comparisons to be made between Alex Rodriguez and Roberto Luongo – two men, apparently critical to their team’s success, cast aside at the defining juncture of Read More

Burke Not Content With Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 20) – For Brian Burke, the summer of 2012 has been all about tempering expectation. The Maple Leafs’ general manager made a couple of modest additions and suggested – rather strongly – that no further 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

“Hail Cesare!” a Hockey Legend

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 26) – Beginning in 1960 with the Maple Leafs and ending in 1978 with the Vancouver Canucks, Cesare Maniago played goal in 604 National Hockey League games. He is best-remembered as the No. 1 goalie Read More

Okay Ottawa… Over to You

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (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

Leaf Fans Don’t Know Pressure

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 20) – There is absolutely no intrigue or unpredictability in the Toronto hockey market anymore. It has been so long since the Maple Leafs qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs that perspective has been Read More

Add a Sedin, Extend a Series

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 19) – It was another triumphant night on Wednesday for visiting teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs and probably should have been a three-game sweep given the Rangers early 2-0 lead at Ottawa. Pittsburgh Read More

Could Lui Be Toronto-Bound?

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 18) – Professional sport is volatile at the best of times and often unpredictable, as teams waver with decisions and policies. But, it appears the Vancouver Canucks made a final “break” with Roberto Luongo Read More

Sedin Circus in SoCal

By HOWARD BERGER EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (Apr. 18) – An expectant mob of reporters descended upon the Los Angeles Kings’ practice facility here Tuesday afternoon to observe Daniel Sedin in the flesh. Of course, all but a few people on Read More

Hockey Work Trivial on a Sad Day

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 17) – While up in Vancouver on Sunday, and as I do each weekend, I logged onto the Toronto Sun’s website and read Steve Simmons’ legendary notes column – this particular blog featuring one Read More

We Saw THIS Coming, Right?

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 16) – I have no record of playoff predictions except for my own, but I think I can make the following observations with certainty: a) given how they performed in the final-third of the Read More

Scenic Route: Vancouver to L.A.

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 15) – Hockey, west-coast style, recommences tonight here in SoCal when the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings resume their Western Conference quarterfinal with Game 3 at the Staples Center. Needless to say, it Read More

I’ll Remind You… While I Can

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 14) – Given the randomness of the second season in the National Hockey League, my gloating window could be narrow, so allow me to get this out of the way as quickly as possible: Read More

My, Have We Become Sensitive

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Apr. 12) – Less than 24 hours after his club turned in a stunningly-inept performance in its 2012 playoff opener, Alain Vigneault chose to feign ignorance over the sub-topic of the day. At least, we thinkRead More

Cue the Nervous Nellies

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Apr. 12) – Though the weather is expected to improve here today, the mood around this city is bound to be dark and dreary in the wake of last night’s hockey game at Rogers Arena. Fans Read More

Sedin-Gate Prompts a Chuckle

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Apr. 11) – A visitor from Toronto had to suppress laughter today during repartee between the media and Canucks’ head coach Alain Vigneault on the status of star forward Daniel Sedin. What we know – for Read More
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