Dave Hodge Still “The Man”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 28) – Canadian broadcasting legend Dave Hodge is less than 15 years older than me, yet it seems that I’ve been watching him on TV forever. Hodge was a spry 26 years of age when he took over from Ward Cornell as Toronto intermission host on Hockey Night In Canada […]

Shanahan Tour Deepens Mystery

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) – If Brendan Shanahan wanted to clarify his position on the Maple Leafs during a tour of city newspaper offices Wednesday, he failed rather miserably. Chances are it was more a political excursion than an effort to provide insight. Given that Shanahan gathered separately with reporters from the Toronto […]

Price + Lundqvist = Classic

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 15) – It’s an easy equation. The two best goalies on the planet clashing for a berth in the Stanley Cup final. Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist for all the Eastern marbles. A re-match of the gold medal game at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers […]

Phaneuf Could Just Be Tipping Point

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) – “If you think the Leafs are only going to make one significant change this summer, you’ll be very surprised.” Such was the opinion of a well-known National Hockey League executive, via email, on the one-year anniversary of the Causeway St. Cataclysm in Boston. “There could be lots of […]

What Could Leafs Get For Dion?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 12) – I guess David Nonis is reading my drivel. Or, maybe not. Bottom line is, I began vouching for a Dion Phaneuf trade in this corner on Mar. 31 – a full 42 days before Sunday night’s monster Tweet from Nick Kypreos suggesting the Leafs general manager is “shopping” […]

When Might the Trilogy End?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) – In his popular weekend notes column, my friend Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wrote, “Randy Carlyle can’t coach anymore – or so many of his critics contend.” I have no idea whether Steve considers me among those critics or pays attention to anything I write. For the […]

Love Your Mother… While You Can

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) – I WROTE THIS BLOG FIVE YEARS AGO ABOUT LOSING MY MOM TO CANCER IN LATE-1995. I HAVE POSTED IT EVERY MOTHER’S DAY SINCE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. PLEASE LOOK IT OVER AND EMBRACE THE MESSAGE WITH ALL YOUR HEART. TORONTO (May 8, 2009) – In this […]

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