Leafs Could Blow It With Kadri

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 29) – My goodness, are the standards suddenly astronomical for the worst team in the National Hockey League at the end of last season. Of course, that’s nothing new for Nazem Kadri. From the moment Brian Burke drafted Kadri on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, the Leafs have been seeking […]

The Day Our [Uri]Nation Stood Still

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 28) – I remember it oh-so well: walking through the corridor at Dufferin Heights Junior-High School in North York – 13½ years of age – and returning from the most untimely bathroom visit of my life. Why on earth did I leave Michael Pepa’s Grade 8 music class, even for a […]

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 in Blog, Hockey Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos, Team Canada 1972
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Leafs-Detroit ’93 Playoff Was Phenomenal

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 25) – If you aren’t old enough to remember the spring of 1993 – and just how good the Maple Leafs really were – all you have to know is your favorite team knocked off a Detroit club in the opening round that boasted Paul Coffey, Mark Howe and Nicklas […]

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How Low Can Toronto Sink?

 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 23) – No person – least of all, Brian Burke – requires ESPN The Magazine to determine that our city is the absolute worst in major professional sports right now. It is there for all to see – in every league; in every season. Given the money, energy and emotion […]

NHL Season Could Be in Jeopardy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 22) – While there is ample opportunity for the National Hockey League and its players to salvage the 2012-13 season, the calendar could be deceiving. “The two sides are so entrenched in their positions that nobody can even fathom when they’ll begin substantive negotiation once again,” said a veteran league […]

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 in 2012 NHL Lockout, Blog, Hockey Blog, Hockey News
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Burke Not Content With Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 20) – For Brian Burke, the summer of 2012 has been all about tempering expectation. The Maple Leafs’ general manager made a couple of modest additions and suggested – rather strongly – that no further altering will be done. That isn’t so, according to an Eastern Conference rival. “From my […]

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