Fade in on a hockey rink. An undersized, underrated young player leads his team through a winning streak of historic length.
A classic underdog story, it's the stuff of which movies are made. And it's happening in right now Norfolk, Virginia.
The 22-year-old left winger, Cory Conacher, has become a star on a deeply talented Norfolk Admirals roster, joining them after an impressive training camp showing with the parent club Tampa Bay Lightning in September.
Undrafted, listed at 5-foot-8, a product of a humble Canisius College hockey program, Conacher knew from the start he was playing with something to prove.
"The coaching staff gave me such a great opportunity to play in a couple exhibition games," said Conacher, who also lives with type 1 diabetes. "That really helped my confidence as well, which made coming to Norfolk an easier transition."