NHL Expansion Could Be a Hoot

In the middle of last week, National Hockey League deputy commissioner Bill Daly denied a report suggesting four expansion teams would be added for the NHL’s 100th anniversary season – 2016-17. Given the usual context of denial, this indicated expansion is very much on the front-burner in New York (sorry Bill). Young fans in particular […]

Hockey Night In Canada Reflections

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 18) – Unlike others, I am not mourning the demise of Hockey Night In Canada as we’ve known it through the years. Change in life is inevitable and I suspect Rogers Communications will do a thorough job of presenting our national game on television for the next 12 seasons. Keith […]

Carter Said a Mouthful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 15) – It required 82 regular season and 26 playoff games – 8½ months of grueling hockey – for Jeff Carter to deliver a message to which the Toronto Maple Leafs and their gaggle of loyal fans should pay particular attention. Moments after Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup Friday […]

Fifty Years Since Maple Leafs Dynasty

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 12) – Los Angeles Kings failed to win the Stanley Cup last night on the second anniversary of their first championship. It was June 11, 2012 that Kings routed New Jersey Devils, 6-1, at the Staples Center. Now, L.A. will try to spook out the New York Rangers at home […]

Baseball Nostalgia at SkyDome

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 7) – Mother Nature provided an absolutely perfect evening on Friday for Toronto Blue Jays to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first baseball game at SkyDome – now Rogers Centre. The defending National League-champion St. Louis Cardinals were in town for a rare visit and the hottest Major League […]

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Pounding the Stastny Drum – Again

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 5) – Though a defensive malaise has been holding back the Maple Leafs for as long as anyone can remember, the club right now is either too small or not skilled enough at the key center-ice position. An upgrade is essential. Tyler Bozak flourished nicely this season alongside Phil Kessel and […]

More on Leafs Trade Banter

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 4) – Continuing to nose around here in the weeks before the National Hockey League draft at Philadelphia, I spoke earlier today with the prominent scout of a Western Conference team – the same person that told me, last summer, Morgan Rielly “would definitely make” the Maple Leafs to start […]

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