TORONTO (Nov. 29) — When reflecting on the core of the good–but–not–quite–good–enough Maple Leaf teams in the late–1970’s, six names come immediately to mind: Darryl Sittler, Lanny McDonald, Dave (Tiger) Williams, Borje Salming, Ian Turnbull and Mike Palmateer. The first… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 28) — For several years now, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been November’s champion.
Over the past three National Hockey League regular seasons, the Leafs possess a remarkable 30–5–4 record in the second month of the schedule. Two… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 26) — The subject–matter of this blog is largely irrelevant. Of sole importance to hockey fans the world over is that Borje Salming died peacefully on Thursday in Stockholm, surrounded by the people he loved.
The news, though… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 25) — It’s a photo for the ages. Four men huddled in lifelong love and imminent grief across the road from the home of legends; the building in which they became royalty.
Borje Salming, the Swedish hockey pioneer… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 24) — Eight years after the morning we heard that Pat Quinn had passed away, another Maple Leafs legend — Borje Salming — has lost his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). And, thank… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 22) — If you’re wondering whether the Maple Leafs will consider a compelling move now that their top three defensemen (Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin, T.J. Brodie) are sidelined with injury, allow me to answer one question with another:… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 21) — It’s a number the Toronto Maple Leafs want to desperately avoid. Yet, one the Toronto Argonauts carry with pride. Seven. The streak of Grey Cup appearances that has ended in triumph for Canada’s oldest professional sports… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 20) — A collection of thoughts on Grey Cup Sunday:
Postmedia, owner of the Sun newspaper chain, doesn’t often make mistakes with sports coverage, particularly football, a favorite of sports editor Bill (Hawkeye) Pierce. But, the Toronto Sun… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 19) — One week after the consecutive–night tributes at Scotiabank Arena to Borje Salming, there remains much intrigue and emotion over the Maple Leafs legend and his unwinnable struggle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 14) — Those who frequent this corner will know that I routinely take a stance… and almost never alter my position. Until I have to. At which point, I serve myself a large plate of crow.
Such an… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 12) — To be honest, there’s no particular reason for me to write this blog.
The remarkable and poignant images snapped, below, by veteran photographer Frank Gunn of The Canadian Press more than speak for themselves, as Borje… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 10) — Okay, we’re in the midst of a dream… at a time when there was no limit on roster wages in the National Hockey League. As a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who would you rather… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 7) — An ever–expanding list with the same result.
Indeed, the Toronto Maple Leafs have deployed 76 goalies since the now–ethereal night of May 2, 1967, when the club last won the Stanley Cup. We aren’t sure (neither… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 5) — I’ve read about it in three places. So, it must be true.
Fans and media following the Toronto Maple Leafs will discover, in the next four nights, whether this year’s club is a genuine championship contender.… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 1) — Apologists for the Toronto Maple Leafs, of which there are still too many, tend to skirt legitimate matters by referencing that the club had the same record (4–4–2) after ten games last season, only to amass… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 31) — The Shanaplan has run its course. With no tangible result.
What seemed like a good idea nearly a decade ago has morphed into a calamity. And, it bears little relation to how many points the Toronto… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 30) — No person amid the Leafs hierarchy will confess to the truth, but jobs were squarely on the line, in Chicago, one year ago this weekend. The 2–4–1 visitors, having been demolished in Pittsburgh (7–1) and Carolina… Read More
MY DEEPLY PERSONAL STORY (WRITTEN IN 2017) ABOUT BEING DIAGNOSED WITH CROHN’S DISEASE AS A TEENAGER, WITH A NOSTALGIC TWIST INVOLVING THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:PART 1
My story begins late in the summer of 1975. I was 16½ years… 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).