Published On: Tue, Apr 24th, 2018

What would The Avengers look like if they were made up of NHL stars?

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theScore imagines what the cast of The Avengers would look like if it were comprised entirely of NHL stars.

Thor – Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Dude’s got blonde flow and lightning bolts pasted all around him at all times. Sprinkle in the fact that Hedman also lays people out with thunderous hits on a nightly basis, and he might as well trade in his stick for a hammer to complete the ensemble.

Plus, we already know he loves to dress up.

Hulk – Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Speaking of laying people out, both Byfuglien and the Hulk make a living off smashing their opponents. A task that the Jets' blue-liner has seemingly perfected over recent weeks, handing out a bevy of punishing hits while leaving his enemies in a crumpled heap.

Word to the wise: Do not get Byfuglien angry. We all know what happens when he gets angry.

Iron Man – Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Ovechkin and Tony Stark sometimes find themselves in the unfortunate scenarios of trying to play the hero while instead becoming villainized for their shortcomings and ego-driven behaviors.

And while Ovechkin has come a long way in terms of shedding the bad rep of being a selfish player, he’s short on rings, and still operating in the shadow of some of the more accomplished players in the NHL. A feeling similarly shared by Iron Man when fighting alongside some of the more wholesome and popular Avengers like Captain America or Thor.

Hawkeye – Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Even if you don't watch hockey on the regular, you watch enough highlight shows to know that McDavid makes a living out of threading needles, picking corners, and finding the slimmest of spaces to operate in. And, if you've been following the exploits of Clint Barton – aka Hawkeye – over the last handful of years, you're well aware he operates in a very similar manner.

McDavid uses a carbon fiber stick, whereas Hawkeye gets his job done with a carbon fiber bow and arrow. But both men are surgical with their precision.

Captain America – Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

The Jets captain might not have the ravishing good looks of the current version of Captain Steve Rodgers, as portrayed by actor Chris Evans, but the rest of Wheeler's attributes make him the perfect player to lead the NHL's band of Avengers.

Strength, leadership, a willingness to sacrifice himself for the good of his squad, both Cap and Wheeler do it all, and all in the name of others. Oh, don't forget, despite playing north of the border in Winnipeg, Wheeler's still a good ol' American boy, obviously a necessary trait to fill this role.

Ant-Man – Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

Let’s not overthink this one: Ant-Man and Gaudreau go to their utility belt of tricks to fool their enemies, and both are effective at what they do despite being limited by their relatively small frames.

Gaudreau might only stand 5-foot-9 and 157 pounds, and much like Ant-Man, that doesn't stop him from being larger than life once the pressure is on.

Spider-Man – Andrei Vasilevksiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Not only does Vasilevskiy spend a lot his nights sitting in a web of netting, but his freakish athleticism and seemingly supernatural flexibility are surely the result of a bite from some kind of radioactive arachnid.

And while the young Russian will likely leave the professional photography to the real Spidey, his innate sixth sense and ability to contort his body are remarkably similar.

(Photos courtesy: Getty Images)

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