The Hockey News – 40 Years Ago

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Jan. 30) – This edition of my memorabilia photo-blog series is simple and to the point: 72 covers of The Hockey News dating from Oct. 27, 1972 to Apr. 22, 1977. The hockey bible – as it is known – was in fact a newspaper at the time… not the sharp, […]

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season
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Cease-Fire Prevails on All-Star Saturday

By HOWARD BERGER OTTAWA (Jan. 29) – Hockey players are among the most fascinating species on Earth. They spend time between October and June each year perpetrating intolerable acts upon one another, to the extent the National Hockey League deploys a combination judge, jury and warden [Brendan Shanahan] to try and maintain order. In none […]

Sunday, January 29th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season
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Catching Up With Darcy Tucker

By HOWARD BERGER OTTAWA (Jan. 28) – The perfect summary of Darcy Tucker’s playing career in the National Hockey League occurred during a ten-day span in October 2009 – a transitory blip that connected elation and despair. Having returned to the arena in which he made his name, Tucker enjoyed a prosperous, emotional night on Oct. […]

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos

Weather Hell on All-Star Media Day

By HOWARD BERGER  OTTAWA (Jan. 27) - So, let’s see… winter has officially been here for one month and six days – a period during which the climate in Ontario has resembled mid-spring or early-autumn. That can only mean one thing: the weather Gods were waiting for me to get in the car.  Holy mackerel, what […]

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season
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Toronto Sports History in Logos, Photos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 25) – Each one of us that grows up a sports fan in this city will develop his or her personal connection. You may have a favorite team; logo, or a memorable experience relating to any of the professional and amateur clubs in Toronto.  My sports history dates roughly to the middle-1960′s, though […]

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 in Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos, Other Stuff
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When Gary Bettman Cuts, Does He Bleed?

By HOWARD BERGER  NEW YORK (Oct. 28) – A sage, hardened veteran of the media that covers the National Hockey League warned me, in no uncertain terms, about attempting to write the blog you have just started to read – one that ventures to portray Gary Bettman as a credible, upstanding member of the human race.  “Forget […]

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Other Stuff
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