Hockey is easily the best part of the winter Olympics.

In 2018, in South Korea, it’ll still be the best part of the Olympics… just, significantly worse than we’re used to.

The NHL (Gary Bettman) has decided they will not be taking a break in the 2018 season to allow their players to represent their country in South Korea, for the first time since 1998. It’ll be cool to see some young kids playing, but these games are expected to dominated by Russia, as they have superstars Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, and possibly Alexander Ovechkin (he’s claimed he’ll leave the Capitals mid-season to represent Russia).

2018 was set up to be Canada vs USA blasting through their opponents, on a collision course that’d end in the gold medal game. The talent these two countries hold right now would’ve made for one of the greatest hockey games ever played. So in honor of this not happening, let’s take a peak at what the line-ups could’ve looked like for this once in a lifetime game.

USA

Line 1

Patrick Kane, Jack Eichel, Max Pacioretty

Ryan Suter and Zach Werenski

 

Line 2

Johnny Gaudreau, Auston Matthews, Phil Kessel

Ryan McDonagh and Seth Jones

 

Line 3

Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Dylan Larkin

Justin Faulk and Kevin Shattenkirk

 

Line 4

Blake Wheeler, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Kesler

 

Goalies

John Gibson

Jonathon Quick

Cory Schneider

 

Canada

Line 1

Brad Marchand, Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron

Drew Doughty and Shea Weber

 

Line 2

Jamie Benn, Connor McDavid, John Tavares

Kris Letang and Brent Burns

 

Line 3

Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews, Mark Scheifele

 Duncan Keith and Aaron Ekblad

 

Line 4

Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Taylor Hall

 

Goalies

Carey Price

Matt Murray

Braden Holtby