Burke Timetable Contentious

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 31) – For passionate hockey fans, these are the so-called “dog days of summer”, when perpetual news and opinion about the game slows to a trickle. In this city, of course, even the most banal dispatch pertaining to the Maple Leafs is reason for non-stop Internet chatter: the website HF Boards, […]

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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Vintage Hockey Jerseys – MY Collection

RE-POST: FROM JANUARY 2012 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 21) – The proliferation of “throw-back” jerseys in the National Hockey League began in 1991-92, when the six pre-expansion teams (Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, New York Rangers, Toronto) celebrated the NHL’s 75th anniversary season. All six clubs manufactured vintage jerseys from the 1940s and ’50s which […]

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Olympics a Reminder of Burke’s Courage

“I may not have a lot to give but what I’ve got I’ll give to you.” – The Beatles [All My Loving] By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 29) – As I watched the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics on Friday, three thoughts came to mind – in ascending order: a) it is the […]

Sunday, July 29th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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RE-POST: My “Stuff” – Lots of It

***PRIOR TO LAST HOCKEY SEASON AND DEVELOPMENT OF MY WEB-SITE, I POSTED A NUMBER OF BLOGS PERTAINING TO MY COLLECTION OF SPORTS AND NEWS PUBLICATIONS. I’VE HAD SEVERAL REQUESTS TO RE-POST ON THIS SITE, AND I’M HAPPY TO SHARE MY INITIAL ONE WITH YOU*** By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 31, 2011) – During my tenure covering […]

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Hockey Bigger Than Any Player – But One

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (July 23) – Let me begin this blog with a statement of fact that I ardently hope will curb the hysterical tone of emails flooding my Blackberry in-box: the Toronto Maple Leafs were involved in the Rick Nash trade discussion to the same degree as the Kansas City Royals, Golden […]

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs
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No Harm in Leafs Pursuing Bernier

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (July 19) – Though Brian Burke told Sportsnet-590 a couple of weeks ago he had tepid interest in acquiring another young goalie, there is likely no practical option for the Leafs general manager. The net-minding landscape in the National Hockey League is not unlike the parched lawns in drought-ridden Toronto: […]

Friday, July 20th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs
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