More Hockey Stories

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) — I was interviewed about my career in radio last week by @MikeInBoston of website TorontoSportsMedia.com (link here: http://bit.ly/1nuJFCm). It was enjoyable reflecting on the 23 years I spent, mostly covering hockey, at The FAN-590, Canada’s first all-sports station. And, it got me thinking about the stories Mike and I […]

Grief Has No Boundary

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) — I had a revealing conversation with my son late Wednesday afternoon. Shane called from the University of Guelph. We talked about the tragic events of the day in Ottawa and the Maple Leafs/Senators game being rightfully postponed. Just at the time we would normally say goodbye, Shane paused: […]

Babcock to Leafs? Why?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) — Amid the Week 2 hysteria in Leaf Land, I have a prediction: Mike Babcock will stay right where he is and re-sign with Detroit Red Wings. That won’t go over well here in the city of shattered dreams but it makes too much sense. Sorry, Toronto, for the […]

Carlyle Pining For 2013

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 17) — I have finally determined why Randy Carlyle gave up on his No. 1 goalie after two games: Lockout Season Syndrome. It previously impacted the coach when Matt Frattin and Leo Komarov were re-acquired in the summer and it indicates how dreadfully Frattin must have performed in training camp […]

Burying a Local Legend

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) — I figured that if Ralph Platner made the effort to come to my Bar Mitzvah, I could go to his funeral. Invitations were sent to neither of us and the events were separated by 42 years, eight months and ten days. But, we both showed up. And in […]

The Orr-Gretzky Debate

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 14) — For the past 30 years, veteran hockey people have delightfully quibbled over choosing between Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky as the greatest all-time player. I say delightfully because any person, such as myself, that was privileged to watch both careers in the National Hockey League understands he is […]

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