NHLPA Ignoring Reality; Gambling Careers

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 31) – In an effort to corral meaningless public opinion, the National Hockey League Players Association continues to disdain time. Invaluable, irrevocable time. Another “internal” communique this week magically appeared on selected media outlets: “At every opportunity we have continued to state that we are ready to meet and willing […]

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 in 2012 NHL Lockout, Hockey Blog, Hockey News
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Why NHL Will Not Re-Locate to Toronto

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 26) – Do not expect the Phoenix Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, or any club bleeding red ink in the National Hockey League to re-locate here in the Greater Toronto Area. It has nothing to do with the NHL preserving the Maple Leafs’ territorial charter, which the league constitution […]

Are We Heading Down the Same Path?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 25) – With reasonable hope for an 82-game National Hockey League schedule doused – and assuming there was hope to begin with – it is not incomprehensible that a second entire season could vanish in labor disharmony. No talks between the NHL and the NHL Players Association are planned before […]

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 in 2012 NHL Lockout, Hockey Blog, Hockey News
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The Month Toronto Ruled Baseball, Hockey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) – It still ranks as the most electrifying moment in this city’s professional sporting annals: 19 years ago tonight – Oct. 23, 1993 – when Joe Carter touched ‘em all at SkyDome. Carter’s three-run homer to left field off Mitch Williams in the bottom of the ninth inning gave […]

Farrell, Burke and Bountiful Deception

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) – In the public arena, there is nothing so humdrum as denial. Whether in sports, politics, entertainment – any community, in fact, with widespread acclaim – denial is almost always affirmation. A stark reminder of this occurred over the weekend when the worst-kept secret in baseball unfolded. John Farrell, […]

Luongo Would Add Class, Savvy to Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) – International acclaim and salary notwithstanding, there are comparisons to be made between Alex Rodriguez and Roberto Luongo – two men, apparently critical to their team’s success, cast aside at the defining juncture of a season. But, that’s where the comparisons end. I had a front-row seat back in April […]

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