The dream of a showdown between the Ottawa Senators’ Racing Prime Ministers mascots and the Nationals’ Racing Presidents mascots was first dreamed up when the Racing PMs debuted in October 2014.

“We hope that someday maybe there will be a race between — or an international summit between — the two sides,” Aaron Robinson, director of fan and community development for the Senators, said at the time.

In April, that dream moved closer to reality when the Racing Prime Ministers challenged the Racing Presidents to a race.

With the Capitals and Senators playing the first of three scheduled meetings this season on Wednesday at Verizon Center, some wondered whether John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier, William Lyon MacKenzie King and Robert Borden would make the trip to meet Abe, Bill, Cal, George, Teddy and Tom. (The Racing Presidents, by the way, are no strangers to the ice.)

Alas, representatives for the Racing Prime Ministers and Racing Presidents report that there are no plans for an “international summit” between the parties on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately at this point, there are no plans to have the Prime Ministers down to Washington to race the Presidents this week … sorry to disappoint you,” Robinson wrote in an e-mail. “We are still working towards hosting a cross-border summit/race here at Canadian Tire Centre and will hopefully be able to make something happen in the future.”

The Nationals also confirmed that there will be no race at this time.

“I’m sad to report that the Racing Presidents have no plans to race the Racing Prime Ministers next week,” a team spokesperson wrote.

If not now, then when? The Senators return to D.C. on Jan. 10. The Capitals visit Ottawa on March 22.