Halfway through Sidney Crosby's rookie season, it's clear there's a reason for all the hype, and for hockey fans, a reason for hope.
So if Lightning coach John Tortorella was intense before, what now? How will he be after so many months of frustrated idling?
Peter Forsberg is coming off an MVP season and wants more for the Avs. (One more year, anyway.)
Fast-talking player rep. Freedom fighter. Patriot. That only begins the story of Paul Theofanous.
The Ducks' J-S Giguere is writing a playoff script right out of a Disney movie.
Jordin Tootoo carries the hopes of the Inuit people -- and the pain of a terrible loss -- on his way to hockey stardom.