The campaign season, hockey style, won't be starting with an attack ad, talking points or efforts to reach across the aisle.
Instead, the Drew Doughty for Norris Trophy movement simply continues on the road, certain to pick up momentum this week because the Kings defenseman and his teammates play in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.
Why? First, all three venues happen to be major media hubs in Canada, ideal places to create a lasting impression on the ice.
Also, Doughty's principal rivals for the trophy, given to the league's top defenseman, are waiting for him. Erik Karlsson, the winner in 2015, in Ottawa on Monday night and P.K. Subban on Thursday in Montreal.