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That's one way to keep the rivalry alive while sports remain on pause.

Former Sharks coach Peter DeBoer already has declared the Vegas Golden Knights are the best team he has ever coached. 

"It's the most talented team I've had in my coaching career," DeBoer said on The Chirp with Darren Millard podcast. "It seems like a great combination of talent and character and leadership."

DeBoer was fired by the Sharks this season on Dec. 11 when San Jose was just 15-16-2. He was hired just over a month later by the Sharks' biggest rivals, the Golden Knights, on Jan. 15. Vegas started off 4-3-2 under DeBoer but then won eight straight and were 15-5-2 under him after the coaching change. 

The Golden Knights (39-24-8) were first in the Pacific Division when the NHL season was paused March 12 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 pandemic).

"I'm a big believer that everything that happens in hockey happens for a reason," DeBoer said. "One door closing, the way my career has gone, another door opens with a better opportunity. For me, as tough as it was to leave San Jose 33 games after going to the [Western Conference Final] the year before, the Vegas situation is an opportunity of a lifetime."

DeBoer coached the Sharks for four-plus seasons and had a 198-129-34 regular-season record. San Jose reached the playoffs every year under DeBoer and even made the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, his first year as the Sharks' head coach. 

 

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The Sharks also had some epic matches with Vegas during DeBoer's tenure. San Jose pulled off an epic comeback to beat the Golden Knights in seven games last season in the first round of the playoffs.

"I got the Vegas job … and had to address a group of men who hated my guts for the last three years," DeBoer joked.