Meet Our Team

Managing Editor:

Taylor Baird

Managing Editor

Taylor has covered the Dallas Stars since 2011. She joined DBD as a contributor in April 2011, became a staff writer in 2013, and became the managing editor since 2016 after running things behind the scenes for a few seasons. Taylor is a former member of the PHWA, independent correspondent for in Dallas, and has been a credentialed member of the Stars media contingent for over 7 seasons.

Staff Writers:

Ann Atkinson aka "Merrin"


Ann was a late adopter of hockey and has only been watching since 2013. That's right, the lock out year. She started a blog with her best friend Carolyn and after doing that for a while, was invited to join the crew at Defending Big D, where she has been covering game recaps and defending Sam Gagner's honor since some time after 2013 and before right now. She'd prefer it if you call her Merrin.

Juraj Kralik

Staff Writer

Juraj joined the DBD staff in 2022, instantly becoming the Head of DBD European Department. Focuses mostly on player/roster analysis, projecting contracts and business side of all things NHL. Occasionally drops in for the podcast with bullet-proof JK facts.

Tyler Mair

Staff Writer

After joining DBD as a member in 2013, Tyler joined the staff in 2017 as a Daily Links Contributor. He has since become a utility writer, helping cover game previews and recaps, player profiles, and general analysis, plus making the occasional podcast appearance.

David Castillo [He/Him]

Staff Writer

David has written about the Dallas Stars with a focus on "fancy stats" for DBD since 2015. Has has covered the AHL beat for Wrong Side of the Red Line, and currently contributes to Strongside at D Magazine.

Taylor Newby

Staff Writer

Taylor has only been into hockey for about six years and the rest is history. She started writing and hosting a podcast about the Dallas Stars in 2022. Taylor also covers the Dallas Stars prospects for Dobber Prospects. She hopes to bring a fresh perspective packed with stats and analysis, as well as providing insight on the prospects and future Stars.


Wes Lawrence

Staff Writer | Podcast (Host)

Wes joined DefendingBigD all the way back in 2014, but really got caught up with the Stars when they originally moved to Dallas. Ask him about the Dr. Pepper Adam Foote owes him. In addition to writing for the site, Wes hosts the Stargazing Podcast.

Mark Zimmerman

Staff Writer | Podcast (Co-Host)

Staff Writer at Defending Big D since 2018. Contributor at Anaheim Calling. Game Previews, Analytics, AHL/ECHL. Lukewarm takes on the Stargazing Podcast. Amateur GM in my spare time.

Kathleen Tibbetts

Staff Writer | Podcast (Producer)

Kathleen is an award-winning writer and editor and longtime Stars fan. She joined the Defending Big D staff in 2015 as a Daily Links writer. These days, she spends most of her time working the back of the house at DBD's long-running podcast, Stargazing.