There were some golden moments, a number of surprises and some unforgettable magic across the sports world in 2014. Here's a look back at 10 memorable Canadian stories:
Eugenie Bouchard showed she had arrived on the women's tennis scene by reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open last January. The young Canadian star proved it was no fluke a few months later by making the final four at the French Open.
LONDON - However many blips and bumps Arsenal endures through the season one outcome is a constant: finishing in the Premier League's top four.
Arsenal has spent 17 consecutive seasons among the elite, ensuring itself of a place in the Champions League year after year. Fans might be frustrated by the shortage of silverware, but it's a level of predictable consistency Liverpool would accept now.
DOHA, Qatar - Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.
Qatar, on paper at least, has rules that forbid such uncomfortable conditions for its massive workforce of migrant labourers. Yet this is how the government-owned transport company, which the Gulf nation will use to ferry visitors around the 2022 World Cup, has housed some of its workers.
ROME - Law enforcement authorities need to prevent banned physician Michele Ferrari from seeing riders and conclude his long-running stain on the sport, according to the president of the Italian Cycling Federation.
"It needs to be law enforcement and judicial officials that put an end to it," Renato Di Rocco told The Associated Press. "Unfortunately, teams don't have these means."
LONDON - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.
Djokovic won the annual award for a fourth time, while Williams claimed it for a fifth time.
Djokovic won Wimbledon for his seventh Grand Slam title and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking. Williams won the U.S. Open for her 18th major championship and stayed No. 1 throughout the year.
VANCOUVER - A weak second period, marred by a soft goal on Eddie Lack, was all the Vancouver Canucks needed to extend their losing streak to five games.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season and the 29th of his career as the Dallas Stars defeated Vancouver 2-0 on Wednesday night.
VANCOUVER - Kari Lehtonen got to work early against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
The Dallas goalie stoned Radim Vrbata just over 30 seconds into the first period, and stared down a number of other great chances in the opening 20 minutes in the Stars' 2-0 victory.
"That's always huge when you are able to make a great first save," said Lehtonen, who made 27 stops to pick up his second shutout of the season. "That gave me lots of confidence and that carried later on in the game."
Ottawa 2 New Jersey 0
Boston 3 Minnesota 2 (OT)
Dallas 2 Vancouver 0
Hamilton 5 St. John's 2
Adirondack 4 Chicago 1
Manchester 8 Portland 2
Lehigh Valley 5 Binghamton 3
Syracuse 3 Rochester 2
Toronto 105 Brooklyn 89
Phoenix 111 Charlotte 106
Atlanta 127 Cleveland 98
Utah 105 Miami 87
Dallas 117 Detroit 106
Boston 109 Orlando 92
Memphis 117 San Antonio 116 (3OT)
Portland 104 Milwaukee 97
L.A. Clippers 102 Indiana 100
TORONTO - Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he often gets asked about Drake.
"I get texts: 'Do you know Drake? Have you met Drake?' He sits there every night, he hears me cuss out the referees every night," Casey said, laughing. "He knows all my cuss words."
Part rapper, part Raptors mascot, Drake is the basketball team's global ambassador, and has his own courtside seat at the Air Canada Centre, about an arm's length away from where Casey paces and hollers at the referees.
TORONTO - Patrick Patterson said the memory of last year's Raptors' playoff run, and the heartbreaking way it ended, was on his mind from the moment he woke up Wednesday morning.
If Wednesday night was a chance at payback, the Raptors accomplished it with a slam dunk — a 105-89 rout of the rival Brooklyn Nets.