Tour of the MTS Centre

By HOWARD BERGER WINNIPEG (Dec. 31) – There will be lots of excitement tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs tangle for the first time with the “new” Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre here. The teams met at the Air Canada Centre back on Oct. 19 with the Leafs prevailing, 4-3, in a shoot-out. Highlight of […]

Saturday, December 31st, 2011 in 2011/2012 Season, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos, Leafs Road Trip
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Ouch! Memories of the ‘Peg

By HOWARD BERGER WINNIPEG (Dec. 30) – The last time I covered a regular-season NHL game in this city I had just turned 37; was not yet a father; felt profound grief over the death of my mother two months earlier… and I spent the night at Winnipeg Arena passing a kidney stone. That was back […]

Saturday, December 31st, 2011 in 2011/2012 Season, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos, Leafs Road Trip
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Leafs, Jets in Dead Heat For Saturday

By HOWARD BERGER RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 30) – The first encounter between the Maple Leafs and Jets in Winnipeg since February 1996 looms as a dandy on Saturday night, as the Eastern Conference rivals are dead-even after 37 games. A stomach-churning overtime loss by the Leafs here in North Carolina on Thursday occurred roughly 90 minutes before […]

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Your Opinion on Ron Wilson’s Contract

By HOWARD BERGER RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 29) – Given the tone of media sentiment about the contract extension accorded Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson – which ranged from lukewarm to incredulous – I expected a similar backlash when soliciting Twitter and email reaction the past 24 hours. Reporter samplings included Damien Cox of the Toronto Star and […]

Leafs Need a Streak – Badly

By HOWARD BERGER SUNRISE, Fla. (Dec. 28) – Though the Maple Leafs have done a good job of remaining in Eastern Conference playoff territory through nearly half the 2011-12 season, the club could be on the outside for a seventh consecutive spring if it doesn’t embark on a points streak… and soon. Leafs are still […]

Hablas Espanol, Kevin Dineen?

By HOWARD BERGER SUNRISE, Fla. (Dec. 27) – It has been a week of mixed emotions for Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, who officially received a two-year contract extension on Christmas day and is now mourning the death of his uncle – Johnny Wilson – a former NHL player and coach. The elder Wilson passed away […]

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 in 2011/2012 Season, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos, Leafs Road Trip
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