Maple Leaf Gardens in 2012

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 30) – I was thinking on Wednesday about the last time I saw a hockey rink in Maple Leaf Gardens. It was clearly after the final Leafs game – a 6-2 loss to Chicago on Feb. 13, 1999 – and likely sometime during the 1999-2000 NHL season. When the Air […]

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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Ellis, Henderson United in Prayer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 28) – Having encountered the euphoria of winning a Stanley Cup and the misery of severe depression, Ron Ellis has long been pragmatic. In that vain, the former Maple Leafs right-winger is acutely aware of a singular moment. “This could very well be the last time most of us get together,” Ellis […]

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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California 2012/Hockey/Neil Armstrong

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 27) – Midway through this month, I received a half-dozen messages on Twitter wondering if I had re-located to southern California. It was a pertinent question given the amount of time I’ve recently spent in Los Angeles. I followed the L.A. Kings through their entire Stanley Cup march and then […]

Monday, August 27th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News
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NHL Labor Confusion Unnecessary

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 23) – Only one factor truly discourages awareness and understanding of the labor mechanism that involves the National Hockey League and its players: Emotion. Were it somehow feasible to remove – or even limit – bias and predisposition, this matter would fall into place accordingly. Instead, lines are drawn and […]

Friday, August 24th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News
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Why NHL Owners Outlast Players/Fans

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Aug. 18) – I was intrigued to notice the bulletin on Friday night coming out of Rosemont, Ill. that National Hockey League players – according to their leader, Donald Fehr – are “unified in the face of an owners’ lockout.” Now, where have we heard that before? Without even checking, I’m fairly […]

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs
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Character is Leafs Prime Deficit

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Aug. 16) – Given the unparalleled situation in the final two months of last season, the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have only one shot at ending the franchise playoff absence of nine years (dating to 2004). It would involve perpetuation of the club’s October spurt from the past […]

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