Defense wins championships. but do defensemen? That’s one of the sizzling questions we’re examining in this issue as we start 2018-19. Specifically, do the San Jose Sharks suddenly become the team to beat now that they’ve got the dynamic duo of Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns? Senior writer Matt Larkin ponders this wondrous double rainbow and what it all means in a feature beginning on pg. 28.
Because there are so many variables, it’s unreasonable to review other great 1-2 ‘D’ punches in NHL history and expect a meaningful trend to emerge. Still, it’s fun. And it’s what we do – give you nuggets of minutiae that you can impress your friends or maybe woo the partner of your dreams with.
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About the Author
Jason Kay is the Editor in Chief of The Hockey News and has been with the brand since 1989. No, that's not a typo. Born in England, raised in Toronto, he arrived in his home and adopted land as a baby in 1967, just in time to see the Maple Leafs win their last Stanley Cup. A stay-at-home defenseman once upon a time, Kay knows his NHL dreams are long dead, but he hasn't given up hope of winning the Brier.