While trying to save a stubborn hockey enforcer from sustaining permanent injury in the playoffs, the Leverage crew discovers that someone has nefarious designs on the team.
The son of Craig Marko, a hockey player for the Oregon Otters, a local semi-pro hockey team. Marko is the team's "enforcer", a player whose responsibility is to keep order on the ice. On the Otters, Marko's job is to bring in the fans by fighting, including picking fights if necessary. As a result, Marko has sustained numerous blows to the head that his son fears are affecting his memory and may have fatal consequences.
Pete Rising, owner of the Oregon Otters. Rising is a former player himself with an undistinguished career. To build up fan loyalty and excitement on the ice, he has offered his player, Craig Marko, a $500,000 bonus if he fights at least once in every match, arranging for faked medical records to make it appear Marko is fit to play. Rising is also skimming from the team, and is attempting to avoid paying the bonus to Marko.
Vladimer Busiak says another name for Sophie, "Rosa"