It's that time on the sports calendar where football no longer dominates the national scene and so called spring sports take over the airwaves. Basketball, hockey, golf, soccer, and NASCAR are all getting rolling in 2016. This week, a hockey team, led by our Sportsman of the Week, made a big statement for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Patrick Eaves of the Dallas Stars played his best period of the season (maybe life) in skewing the rival Chicago Blackhawks for a hat trick in the first period of a critical tilt. Behind his three goals, the Stars landed a 4-2 victory on enemy ice (for only the 7th regulation loss for Chicago on the season). Further, the Stars have now won three straight, including a 4-3 victory (that was 4-0 entering the 3rd period) over the NHL leading Washington Capitals, their second victory over them on the season (including one of only four home losses for Alex Ovechkin and crew earlier in the season). On the week, Eaves scored 4 goals with a pair of assists in three victories to position the Stars as the Western Conference top seed at the moment. Effort worthy of our Sportsman of the Week!