Burke Should Keep His Young Defensemen

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Nov. 30) – There is no question that Bobby Ryan, if available, would look terrific in a Maple Leafs jersey. Ryan is a proven scorer that can provide a team 35 goals per season and he’s still only 24 years of age.   The difficulty in attempting to pry the right-winger away […]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 in Hockey News
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Golden Sunrise at Disneyland

By HOWARD BERGER ANAHEIM (Nov. 28) – Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, we hope today brings warmth and sunshine to your life. My day began with an uplifting, invigorating sight: the incredible colours of a southern-California dawn, as these images brilliantly attest:       AIRLINE CONTRAILS AND CIRRUS CLOUD REFLECT THE RISING SUN IN […]

Monday, November 28th, 2011 in Other Stuff
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Leafs Have Definitely Moved Upstairs

By HOWARD BERGER  ANAHEIM (Nov. 28) – Though it is still difficult, albeit tantalising, for fans of the Maple Leafs to gauge the improvement of their team, one thing became crystal clear while sitting in the Honda Center on Sunday night: the Leafs are no longer part of the weak and feeble in the NHL.  The contrast […]

Monday, November 28th, 2011 in 2011/2012 Season, Leafs Road Trip
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Texas Grey to California Gold

By HOWARD BERGER ANAHEIM (Nov. 26) – In my experience travelling throughout North America, there is nothing so spectacular as a late-autumn afternoon in southern California. Though I spend most of each summer in the San Fernando Valley, northwest of Los Angeles, the glorious weather is infinitely more appreciated at this time of year, when […]

Saturday, November 26th, 2011 in Other Stuff
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Lupul Provides Edge as Leafs Beat Stars

By HOWARD BERGER  DALLAS (Nov. 26) – Nice timing here for Joffrey Lupul. As the Leafs winger returns to Anaheim nine months after the Ducks were forced to part with him in a salary transaction, he scored the only goal of the shoot-out to give Toronto a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night […]

Saturday, November 26th, 2011 in 2011/2012 Season
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Touring the Most Infamous Site in America

By HOWARD BERGER DALLAS (Nov. 26) – If the Leafs can beat the Dallas Stars tonight (8:40 p.m. EST face-off), they’ll be guaranteed at least a split of their four-game road trip that concludes on Sunday evening in Anaheim. Jonas Gustavsson starts in goal for the third time in the past four games; Leaf fans are hoping the […]

Friday, November 25th, 2011 in Hockey News
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