Vulgar Tweet Should Provide Lesson

By HOWARD BERGER UPDATE —  TSN, on Wednesday, delivered a smart and quick response to the issue of live public reaction during its signature events: TORONTO — TSN says it will no longer air public tweets during live coverage after the all-sports network accidentally carried an inflammatory post from a viewer about Toronto Maple Leafs […]

Kessel Might Look Inward

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 3) — I have no problem with Phil Kessel calling out the dastardly media or sticking up for teammate Dion Phaneuf. Fast Phil did both today in a well–conceived yet uncharacteristic diatribe after the Toronto Maple Leafs game–day skate in Sunrise, Fla. On the few occasions in which Kessel has […]

Nonis Should Be Careful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 2) — There is nothing that resembles full disclosure when the general manager of a bad team meets with reporters after the annual National Hockey League trade deadline. As such, whatever David Nonis provided late Monday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre should be taken ambivalently. Everything, that is, but […]

Leafs Will Battle Only Themselves

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 25) — Truth be known, and despite popular opinion, our city has long provided the most amenable climate in which to build a contending team in the National Hockey League. It’s those entrusted the chore that have been unwilling and/or unable to properly assemble components on behalf of the Toronto […]

My Hockey Tales (Reader Discretion Advised)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 24) — Yes, I do receive emails — and not infrequently — from people who recall my storytelling days on radio. I offer them a vow, roughly once per year, to re–post this initial blog of hockey tales. Please keep it from your grade–school children. And, please enjoy: FRANTIC LEAFS COACH: This […]

Leafs to Come Full Circle in Raleigh

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 20) — The elation of Leafs Nation ended just more than two months ago. Right where the club resides at this very moment. Nobody knew it at the time but Raleigh, North Carolina would become a burial site for the Maple Leafs. What seemed like a temporary lull of indifference […]

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