Did the NHL kill men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics?

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The world’s best league has banned its employees from competing in South Korea. But there’s still the chance to watch the world’s greatest female players

When the 1980 US men’s hockey team upset the Soviet Union and went on to win gold, they did it with a roster full of little known players. Thirty-eight years later, Team USA will try to win its first gold since the “Miracle On Ice” featuring a similar roster of unknowns and no names.

Mark Arcobello, a 5ft 8in, 29-year old forward who last played in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs two seasons ago and now draws a paycheck from Bern SC of the Swiss-A league, where he is a top scorer. Defenseman Jonathon Blum, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nashville Predators who struggled to stick in the NHL and has instead spent his last three seasons in Russia’s KHL. Goalie David Leggio, a 33-year old minor league veteran now playing out his career in Germany. Players with similarly middling resumes fill up most of the rest of the 25 roster spots for the US team that will open play on Wednesday against Slovenia. Meanwhile, some 10,000km away on the very same day, American hockey superstar Auston Matthews will play the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto.

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Jocelyne Lamoureux with literally the filthiest goal in this entire tournament
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