Why no one should have underestimated Fred VanVleet
He isn't the most athletic Toronto Raptors player. Definitely not the tallest. Or the fastest. But he might be the smartest, the most tenacious and the one who knows that no matter how bad things get on the court, life could be much, much worse.
Big Read: Meet the army vet manning the crease for Team Canada
Hockey helped Dominic Larocque recover after he lost his leg to an IED attack in Afghanistan. Now, after a bronze in Sochi playing forward, the lone army vet representing Canada at the Pyeongchang Paralympics is manning the net in a drive for gold.
Big Read: What the NHL can learn from its first, failed foray into China
The China Sharks played through fog, fissures and a mountain of bureaucracy. Nearly a decade later, there's still plenty to be learned from the short-lived San Jose affiliate as the NHL attempts to gain a lasting foothold in the world's biggest market.
Big Read: Phaneuf coming up big for the Senators when it matters most
After five trips without making it past the first round, Dion Phaneuf can handle the emotional swings of the playoffs. And his steadying presence and sense of the moment are key elements in what the Ottawa Senators hope is a deep run.