Leafs Fans Watching REAL Hockey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 20) – If you aren’t altogether sure of the immense gulf that exists between the Maple Leafs and any of the Stanley Cup contenders, watch Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. After two minutes, you’ll have an answer. You may, of course, consider that one of the great “well d’uh!” […]

Comparing Notes With David Shoalts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 16) – The first time I met David Shoalts, he looked at me disdainfully and said I was too big for my britches. That was more than three decades ago (in February 1982) when we worked together, ever-so briefly, at the Calgary Sun. I was 23 years old and homesick; […]

Carlyle Deserves Respectful Departure

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 16) – I am of two minds when it comes to the Maple Leafs muddled coaching situation. On one hand, I think Brendan Shanahan has already made his first mistake as president of the club by dithering – if even for 72 hours. Barry Trotz is available and probably not […]

Shanahan: Good First Impression

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) – It required roughly 15 seconds to gauge the difference between presidential introductions – from Brian Burke’s inauguration with the Maple Leafs on Nov. 29, 2008 to Brendan Shanahan’s official crowning earlier today. It would be simple and not particularly fair to dump on Burke with the benefit of […]

An Audience With Ron and Don

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 13) – Several hours before the Maple Leafs said goodbye for the season, my children – Shane and Lauren – had the privilege of saying hello to Ron MacLean and Don Cherry. Lauren had been pestering me for some time to meet the famed Hockey Night In Canada duo and […]

Why Shanahan Instead of Gilmour?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 11) – Tim Leiweke may have a grandiose vision for Brendan Shanahan within the upper reaches of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, but I can tell you this: Long-suffering fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs couldn’t give a hoot about Shanahan’s potential impact on the business of sport in this […]

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