TORONTO (Feb. 8) — If you follow this corner with any regularity, you’ll know that one of the prevailing topics is how soft and superficial the Toronto hockey media has become in recent years. Far different from the era (1994–2011)… Read More
TORONTO (Feb. 6) — The dubious playoff record is gut–wrenchingly familiar to fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs: Most Consecutive First–Round Eliminations by a North American Professional Sports Team — 6. Is there a logical or pronounced explanation for the… Read More
TORONTO (Feb. 2) — It was the night of Dec. 2, 2014. I had arrived home from the Air Canada Centre after watching the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Dallas Stars, 5–3. Turning on my computer, I saw the heartrending… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 30) — If you were a young hockey fan in the 1960’s or 70’s, chances are you have a story about Bobby Hull. Perhaps even an autograph from the Golden Jet; among tens of thousands that he signed.… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 28) — Unexpectedly, Paul Henderson beat me to the question. “Did you watch the Ballard documentary last night?” asked the man who scored, more than 50 years ago, the most–famous goal in hockey.
I had deliberated raising the… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 25) — Stories. Oh so many. And, they keep coming back when I reflect on my 23 years in radio.
Such as the trip to Tokyo in September 1990 to cover the 96th Session of the International Olympic… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 22) — There has been nothing overly special about the Toronto Maple Leafs during the past six weeks. Since mid–December, when the club sported a gaudy 19–5–6 record, it has built a rather pedestrian 9–6–2 mark in 17… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 20) — From its earliest days in the middle–1980’s as Canada’s first all–sports television network, TSN has valued the presence of female voices. This may be disputed by Sheri Forde and Natasha Staniszewski, both of whom, in recent… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 15) — Here are words you will neither read nor hear from any person in the mainstream Toronto media: Auston Matthews is not performing nearly as well as he did last season. This is sacrilege; an opinion that… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 12) — Less than six months from now looms one of the most–compelling dates in the modern history of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Or, so it appears. Whether July 1, 2023 becomes such a colossus will be determined… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 10) — While chatting with a fellow worker the other day, I recalled some of the youthful escapades that directed me toward covering the Toronto Maple Leafs for 17 years at The FAN–590, Canada’s first all–sports radio station.… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 7) — No one debates the skill. Or, on most nights, the resolve.
Proof is in the formidable ledger of the Toronto Maple Leafs nearing the midway mark of the 2022–23 National Hockey League schedule: Over the past… Read More
***NOTE: THIS BLOG WAS WRITTEN AND POSTED BEFORE THE DREADFUL SCENE ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD TONIGHT IN CINCINNATI. PERSPECTIVE ENTERED THE PRO SPORTS WORLD. PRAYERS FOR DAMAR HAMLIN OF THE BUFFALO BILLS. IT’S POSSIBLE HE SUFFERED FROM THIS RARE AILMEMT:… Read More
TORONTO (Dec. 30) — I recently passed the five–year anniversary of my second career, as a funeral director’s assistant at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel, a century–old family business on Steeles Ave., north of the city.
You can likely imagine it… Read More
TORONTO (Dec. 27) — Once upon a time, and for a long time, there was fiery, unfiltered opinion about hockey on Canadian television. That custom teetered the day Don Cherry was ousted by Rogers Communications (Nov. 11, 2019) and all–but… Read More
TORONTO (Dec. 24) — With the National Hockey League pausing for the Christmas holiday break, there’s a potentially remarkable development at the top of the overall standings. And, it might include the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Right now, it features the… Read More
TORONTO (Dec. 22) — How heartening that Bell Media, in collective sincerity, “disciplined” another of its luminaries this week. Michael Melling, it was announced, would not return as an executive of CTV News.
The former head of that division went… Read More
TORONTO (Dec. 17) — I spent part of this morning watching a 90–minute documentary on the 1994 New York Rangers, the club that ended a 54–year Stanley Cup drought for Gotham. It brought to mind the privilege of being at… 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).