12/19/2013 11:38 EST | Updated 02/18/2014 05:59 EST

2013 Year in Review: Top Canadian sports moments

This was a big year for Canadian sports.

Among the highlights from 2013: The national pastime returned to NHL arenas after a lengthy hiatus, the Canadian track and field team went toe-to-toe with the world's best, and a CFL player was named the nation's top athlete for the first time in nearly a half-century.

Relive the best of Canadian sports in 2013 with our gallery of 12 memorable events, one for each month.

From the highlights to the lowlights and the simply spectacular, these are stories we'll remember from the last calendar year.