Anything is Better Than Nothing

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 24) – With the NHL lockout duration now into triple figures, there is growing concern that an abbreviated schedule would lack substance. First, let us get to that stage. Given that the owners and players are incommunicado, there is no guarantee even a single game will be played. After that […]

When Leafs Are Back

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 15) – At some point, it’s going to happen. Lights will be on at the Air Canada Centre and a blue Maple Leafs logo will glimmer from centre-ice. The red line will no longer be checkered – now dotted with red maple leafs to honor our nation’s flag. And, the boys of […]

My Original Hockey Photos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 11) – Any person frequenting this blog will know that I do not venture far without my “trusty Nikon” – an elementary point-and-shoot camera that adds images to the words you read. As a techno-klutz of the highest order, it allows me to capture photos with minimal accommodation. Any form […]

Don’t Give Up on NHL Season

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 10) – Despite the impassioned breakdown of talks on Thursday between the NHL and the NHL Players Association, signs continue to point toward a potential truce. Though an official resumption of collective bargaining has yet to be announced, two factors are working in favor of progress – a) conversation, by […]

Trust is a Media/Fan Issue

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 7) – During his emotion-charged gathering with reporters in New York on Thursday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman fielded only one repeat question: Is a lack of trust between owners and players hampering the negotiating process? Bettman was brusque and unequivocal in his reply, insisting that trust bore no weight on […]

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Nothing But Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 6) – From this sentence forward, an embargo on the word “lockout” will come into effect. You will not read it again in the ensuing blog – one of the lengthiest and most enjoyable I’ve worked on since we last witnessed a game in the National Hockey League. For posterity, […]

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