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Anaheim Ducks
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks season
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 1993
History Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
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Anaheim Ducks
2006–present
Home arena Honda Center
City Anaheim, California
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Colors Black, Metallic Gold, Orange, White

                   

Media Prime Ticket Ducks
Fox Sports Ducks
KDOC-TV
KLAA/830
Owner(s) Henry Samueli
General manager Bob Murray
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
Captain Ryan Getzlaf
Minor league affiliates Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 1 (2006–07)
Conference championships 2 (2002–03, 2006–07)
Presidents' Trophies 0
Division championships 3 (2006–07, 2012–13, 2013–14)
Official website ducks.nhl.com

The Anaheim Ducks are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California, United States. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Since their inception, the Ducks have played their home games at the Honda Center.

The club was founded in 1993 by The Walt Disney Company as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, a name based on the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks. Disney sold the franchise in 2005 to Henry and Susan Samueli, who along with GM Brian Burke changed the name of the team to the Anaheim Ducks before the 2006–07 season. In their 20-year existence, the Ducks have made the playoffs ten times and won three Pacific Division titles (2006–07, 2012–13 and 2013–14), two Western Conference Championships (2002–03 and 2006–07), and the Stanley Cup (2006–07).

History[edit]

Start of a franchise (1993–1996)[edit]

Mighty Ducks primary logo (1993–2006). The logo was subsequently used in the Disney movie D2: The Mighty Ducks. Disney design elements appear in this logo, such as team mascot Wildwing's goalie mask.

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were founded in 1993 by The Walt Disney Company. The franchise was awarded by the NHL on December 1992, along with the rights to a Miami team that would become the Florida Panthers. An entrance fee of $50 million was required, half of which Disney would pay directly to the Los Angeles Kings in order to share Southern California.[1] On March 1, 1993, at the brand-new Anaheim Arena - located a short distance east of Disneyland and across the Orange Freeway from Angel Stadium - the team got its name, inspired by the 1992 Disney movie The Mighty Ducks, based on a group of misfit kids who turn their losing youth hockey team into a winning team.[2] Disney president Michael Eisner had already said on the December press conference that the film's success served as "our market research".[1] As a result of the baptism, the arena was named "The Pond",[2] and Disney subsequently made an animated series called Mighty Ducks, featuring a fictional Mighty Ducks of Anaheim team that consisted of anthropomorphized ducks led by the Mighty Duck Wildwing.[3]

Philadelphia arena management specialist Tony Tavares was chosen to be team president,[2] and Jack Ferreira, who previously helped create the nearby San Jose Sharks, became the Ducks' general manager.[4] The Ducks selected Ron Wilson to be the first coach in team history.[5] The Ducks and the expansion Florida Panthers team filled out their rosters in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft and the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. In the former, a focus on defense led to goaltenders Guy Hebert and Glenn Healy being the first picks, followed by Alexei Kasatonov and Steven King.[6] In the latter, the Ducks selected as the fourth overall pick Paul Kariya, who only began play in 1994 but would turn out to be the face of the franchise for many years.[7] The resulting roster had the lowest payroll of the NHL with only $7.9 million.[8]

The franchise's first game was played at home on October 8, 1993, versus the Detroit Red Wings, preceded by a 20-minute pregame show at the cost of $450,000. The Ducks lost 7–2.[8][9] Two games later, on October 13, 1993, also on home ice, the Ducks won the first game in franchise history 4–3 over the Edmonton Oilers. Soon Wilson's aggressive tactics hockey lead the team to win 14 of their first 38 games, including four road games in a row in November against Canadian Western Conference teams, and their first shut out in team history on December 15, 1993, a 1–0 win versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.[8] Lead by captain Troy Loney, the Ducks entered February 1994 in eighth place in the Western Conference.[10] However, any realistic chance the Ducks had of making the playoffs ended with a 6–0 loss to the Sharks on April 1. The Ducks' finished the season 33–46–5, a record-breaking number of wins for an expansion team, which the Florida Panthers also achieved. The Ducks sold out 27 of 41 home games, including the last 25, and filled the Arrowhead Pond to 98.9% of its season capacity. Ducks licensed merchandise shot to number one in sales among NHL clubs,[11] helped by their presence in Disney's theme parks and Disney Stores.[3] Near the end of the season, Disney president Frank Wells died in a helicopter accident on April 3, 1994. They honored him by wearing Mickey Mouse patches with the initials FGW on them.[12] Steve Rucchin was selected second overall in the 1994 Supplemental Draft.[13] With the 1994-95 NHL lockout in place, the Mighty Ducks did not play on the ice again until January 20, 1995. The shortened season marked the debut of Paul Kariya, who would play 47 of the team's 48 games that year, scoring 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points. The Ducks had another respectable season, going 16–27–5. 1995–96 would mark a big change for the team, especially for second-year superstar Paul Kariya. During the season, he was chosen to play for the Western Conference in the 1996 NHL All-Star Game as the lone Ducks representative. At the time of his selection, (January 1996), he was ranked 14th in league scoring with 51 points (23 goals and 28 assists) over 42 games. Despite Kariya's efforts, the Ducks were overall a low-scoring team.

Kariya/Selanne era (1996–2001)[edit]

In the middle of their third year, on February 7, 1996, the team made a blockbuster deal with the Winnipeg Jets. The Ducks sent Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky, and a third-round pick to the Jets in return for Marc Chouinard, a fourth-round draft pick, and right winger Teemu Selanne. Following the trade, Ducks centre Steve Rucchin commented, "Paul [Kariya] had a lot of pressure on him...He singlehandedly won some games for us this year...Now that we have Teemu, there's no way everybody can just key on Paul."[14] These three players formed one of the most potent lines of their time.[15] Although the trade proved to be an important effort in the team, they still finished short of the playoffs, losing the eight spot in the West to the Jets based on the number of wins.[16]

Paul Kariya captained the Mighty Ducks for seven seasons from 1996-2003.
Teemu Selanne was traded to the Mighty Ducks in 1996 and played on a powerful offensive line with Kariya.

During the 1996–97 NHL season, Kariya became team captain following Randy Ladoceur's retirement during the offseason,[17] and led the Ducks to their first postseason, after recording the franchise's first winning record of 36–33–13, good enough for home ice in the first round as the number four seed against the Phoenix Coyotes.[18] The Ducks trailed 3–2 going into Phoenix for game six. Kariya scored in overtime to force the franchise's first game 7 which they won. In the second round, however, they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Red Wings in a four game sweep. After the season, Wilson was fired after saying he would like to coach the Capitals. Pierre Page succeeded him. The Ducks started out slowly in 1997-98, in part because Kariya missed the first 32 games of the season while hammering out a new deal. He came back in December, but on February 1 suffered a season-ending concussion when the Blackhawks' Gary Suter cross-checked him in the face. With Kariya playing only a total of 22 games that season, the Ducks missed the playoffs. The Ducks followed that season up by finishing 6th in the Western Conference in 1998–99 NHL season with new head coach Craig Hartsburg. However, they were swept by the Red Wings again, this time in the first round.

In the 1999–2000 NHL season, the Ducks finished with a winning record, but missed the playoffs by 4 points as the rival San Jose Sharks took 8th place that year with 87 points while the Mighty Ducks took 9th place with 83 points. Despite this, the Mighty Ducks scored more goals then the Western Conference champ Dallas Stars. In the 2000–01 NHL season, the Ducks ended up doing even worse as Kariya and Selanne's point production significantly declined from the previous season. Kariya went from 86 points to 67 points and Selanne went from 85 points to 57 points. Selanne was dealt to San Jose at the trade deadline for Jeff Friesen, Steve Shields, and a second round draft pick and Hartsburg was fired during the season. The team ended up with a losing record and last place in the Western Conference that season. Without Selanne, Kariya's numbers continued to drop in the 2001–02 NHL season with new coach Bryan Murray. The Mighty Ducks finished in 13th place in the Western Conference.

Western Conference Champions (2002–03)[edit]

The Mighty Ducks did not reach the postseason again until the 2002–03 NHL season with coach Mike Babcock. They entered the playoffs in 7th place with a 40–27–9–6 record, good enough for 95 points. In the first round, the Ducks were once again matched up with the Red Wings, the defending Stanley Cup Champions. They shocked the hockey world by sweeping the Red Wings in four games. Rucchin scored the series winning goal in overtime in game four. In the second round, the Ducks faced the Dallas Stars. Game one turned out to be the fourth longest game in NHL history with Petr Sykora scoring in the fifth overtime to give the Mighty Ducks the series lead. The Ducks would finish off the Stars in game six at home. In the team's first trip to the Western Conference Finals, they were matched up against another Cinderella team, the sixth seeded, three-year old Minnesota Wild. Jean-Sebastien Giguere strung together three consecutive shutouts and allowed only one total goal in the series in an eventual sweep.

The 2003 Stanley Cup Finals had some interesting story lines. Anaheim forward Rob Niedermayer was playing against his brother, defenseman for the New Jersey Devils, Scott Niedermayer and Giguere faced off against fellow French Canadian goalie Martin Brodeur. The series began with the home team winning the first five games. In game six at home, Kariya was knocked out by Devils defenseman and captain Scott Stevens. Kariya would return in the second period and score the fourth goal of the game. In an exciting third period, the Mighty Ducks defeated the Devils 5–2 to send the series back to New Jersey for game seven. Anaheim could not complete their Cinderella run, though, as they lost a hard-fought game 7 to the Devils 3–0. For his brilliant play during the post-season, Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the playoffs. He became only the fifth player in NHL history to have won the trophy as a member of the losing team. Giguere posted a 15–6 record, 7–0 in overtime, with a 1.62 GAA, a .945 sv. pct. and a record 168 minute, 27 second shutout streak in overtime.

Post Kariya (2003–04)[edit]

After the season, Kariya promised to bring the Mighty Ducks back to the Stanley Cup Final the following year. Kariya, however, left the Ducks in the summer and joined Selanne on the Colorado Avalanche. The 2003–04 NHL season was a season to forget as Giguere could not repeat his amazing play from the previous year. Even with newcomers Sergei Fedorov and Vaclav Prospal, the team finished in 12th place in the standings with a 29–35–10–8 record. Giguere's stats subsequently went down from the previous season as he only won half the games he did the year before, his goals against average went up from 2.30 to 2.62, his save percentage went down from .914 to .907, and he went from 8 shutouts to just three. The team also went from 203 goals to 174.

Brian Burke era, and return of Selanne (2005–08)[edit]

Ducks current script logo in use since 2006 and is now officially the alternate logo. This logo was used on the home and away jerseys up until the 2014/15 season.

During the summer of 2004, as the NHL and the NHL Players Association's labor dispute was headed towards a long lockout, Disney tried to sell the team but received a low offer of $40-million US, less than the franchise's original price. In 2005, Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli of Irvine, California, and his wife, Susan, bought the Mighty Ducks from The Walt Disney Company for a reported $75 million (USD). The Samuelis pledged to keep the team in Anaheim. With Disney no longer owning the team, they could not make any more films with the "Mighty Ducks" name until the hockey team changed its name. Brian Burke, former Vancouver Canucks General Manager and President, was appointed GM and Executive Vice-President of the Mighty Ducks on June 20, 2005.

Ryan Getzlaf, along with Corey Perry and Dustin Penner, formed a line colloqually called the kid trio from 2005 to 2007.

On August 1, 2005, former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Randy Carlyle was hired as the seventh coach in team history. Burke was familiar with Carlyle's coaching ability, as the latter had coached the Manitoba Moose from 1996–2001 (International Hockey League) and 2004–05 (American Hockey League); the Moose had been the Canucks farm club since 2001. Carlyle replaced Babcock, who later signed on to coach the Red Wings.

On August 4, 2005, free agent defenseman Scott Niedermayer signed with the Mighty Ducks to play with his brother Rob. Niedermayer was almost immediately named team captain. On August 22, 2005, Teemu Selanne returned to the Ducks after undergoing knee surgery. Selanne led the team in scoring during the season with 40 goals and 50 assists for 90 points. Selanne would also record his 1,000th NHL point on January 30, 2006. The 2005–06 NHL season saw the emergence of rookies Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz (Kunitz also played for the Ducks in 2003–04, but immediately returned to Cincinnati). On November 15, 2005, the Ducks traded Sergei Fedorov, and a 5th round draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Francois Beauchemin and Tyler Wright.

On January 27, 2006, Samueli announced that the team would be renamed as simply the "Anaheim Ducks" as of the following season. The change became official on June 22.

The Ducks finished the season with a 43–27–12 record, good enough for 98 points and the sixth seed. The Ducks faced the Calgary Flames in the quarterfinals and forced a seventh game in Calgary. The Ducks shut out the Flames to reach the semifinals. In an interesting playoffs, all the bottom seeds won in the first round so the Ducks faced the seventh seed Colorado. Ilya Bryzgalov shined as the Ducks swept the Avalanche and Bryzgalov broke Giguere's scoreless streak record from the 2003 season. In the franchise's second Western Conference Finals appearance, they faced the eighth seeded Edmonton Oilers. The Ducks would ultimately lose the series in five games.

Stanley Cup Champions (2006–07)[edit]

Before the 2006–07 NHL season, the Ducks adopted a completely new look to go along with their new name. Team colors became black, gold, orange and white. The logo of a duck-shaped goalie mask was dropped in favor of the word "Ducks", with a webbed foot in place of the D.

The Ducks traded Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid and a first round draft pick to the Oilers for defenseman Chris Pronger. With this trade, solid scoring lines, a shut down line featuring Rob Niedermayer, Samuel Pahlsson and Travis Moen and an enviable defense, the Ducks were considered by many to be the Cup favorite. On November 9, 2006, the Ducks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6–0 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia to improve their season record to 12–0–4. The win set an NHL open era record by remaining undefeated in regulation for the first 16 games of the season, eclipsing the previous mark set by the 1983–84 Edmonton Oilers (the record has since been broken by the Chicago Blackhawks' 21-0-3 start during the 2012–13 season). They were subsequently shut out by the Flames the following game, 3–0, ending their streak. On January 16, 2007, the Ducks played in their franchise's 1000th regular season game, and on March 11, the Ducks recorded their franchise's 1000th point with a 4–2 win over the Canucks, which improved their franchise all-time record to 423–444–155, 1001 points. On April 7, the Ducks won their first division title in franchise history, when the Canucks defeated the second-place Sharks in the final game of the season. The Ducks ended the regular season with a 48–20–14 record and 110 points—both franchise records. Although they had three fewer wins than the Nashville Predators, the Ducks won the second seed in the West by virtue of winning the Pacific Division title.

The Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild in the quarterfinals in five games and the Canucks in the semifinals in five games as well. Once again, the Ducks faced the Detroit Red Wings in the franchise's third trip to the Western Conference Finals. In game three Pronger elbowed Tomas Holmstrom and received a one game suspension. The Ducks won game four without Pronger and game five in Detroit as Selanne scored in overtime. The Ducks finished off the Red Wings in game six to advance to their second Stanley Cup Finals.

In the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, the Ducks won the first two games at home against the Ottawa Senators. The Ducks lost game three and Pronger received his second one game suspension, this time for elbowing Dean McAmmond. The Ducks were again able to win without Pronger, beating the Senators in game four to have a chance to win the Cup on home ice in game five. On June 6, the Ducks defeated the Senators 6–2 at Honda Center to claim their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Moen was credited with the Stanley Cup game-winning goal. Scott Niedermayer, the only player on the team who had previously won a Stanley Cup, was awarded the second Conn Smythe Trophy in Ducks history. The Ducks became the first California team, and the first west coast team since the 1925 Victoria Cougars to win the Stanley Cup.

Post Stanley Cup (2007–10)[edit]

The Ducks began their title defense in the 2007–08 NHL season without two fan favorites, Scott Niedermayer and Selanne, who were contemplating retirement. To offset those losses, Burke signed forward Todd Bertuzzi and defenseman Mathieu Schneider. During the season Burke put Bryzgalov on waivers and he was picked up by the Phoenix Coyotes. Free agent signee Jonas Hiller then became the back-up to Giguere. Both Selanne and Niedermayer would ultimately return and the team finished with a 47–27–8 record good enough to earn home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs finishing as the 4th seed in the Western Conference. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals in six games by the Stars. During the off-season Burke bought out the remaining year on Bertuzzi's contract and traded Schneider to the Atlanta Thrashers.

After an extremely slow start to the 2008–09 NHL season, on November 12, 2008, Burke resigned to take the same position for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bob Murray replaced him as general manager, but the team struggled to make the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. A bevy of trade deadline deals saw the departure of some mainstays from the Cup team such as Kunitz, who was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Ryan Whitney; Pahlsson, who was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman James Wisniewski; and Moen, who was traded to the San Jose Sharks for two prospects. The trades gave the Ducks new life as a hot streak to end the season launched the Ducks into the playoffs. Hiller emerged as the new number one goalie during the stretch drive. The Ducks defeated the number one seed and President's Trophy winning Sharks in six games in the first round before being eliminated in the conference semifinals by the eventual Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings in seven games. Before the 2009–10 NHL season the Ducks traded Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers for Lupul, Luca Sbisa and two first round draft picks. Beauchemin and Rob Niedermayer also left via free agency for Toronto and New Jersey respectively. The Ducks signed free agent center and former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu to a one-year deal.

Another slow start would doom the Ducks. Before the trade deadline, the Ducks traded Giguere to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala after signing Hiller to a contract extension. The trade deadline saw the Ducks trade Whitney to Edmonton for offensive defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, as well as the acquisitions of defenseman Aaron Ward from the Carolina Hurricanes and goalie Curtis McElhinney from the Flames. The Ducks played through frequent injuries and picked up play in the second half of the season, but struggled coming out of the Olympic break. For the first time since the lockout, the Ducks failed to make the playoffs with a 39–32–11 record. The 2010 off-season was also busy for the Ducks, as Scott Niedermayer announced his retirement in a June press conference. Niedermayer decided to stay a member of the Ducks as a team consultant. The Ducks resigned Koivu for two years and signed free agent defenseman Toni Lydman to a three-year contract. In addition to Lydman, the Ducks were able to get defenseman Cam Fowler via the draft, and 35 year old strong-willed defenseman Andy Sutton signed to a two-year deal. Restricted free agent Bobby Ryan was signed to a five-year deal.

Getzlaf/Perry era (2010–present)[edit]

The 2010–11 season did not begin well for the Ducks, which would lose their first 3 games. They maintained a .500 throughout record through the first half of the season, but would find their groove and finish 47–30–5, good for 99 points and 4th place in the Western Conference. Corey Perry and Jonas Hiller represented the Ducks at the All-Star game, and Corey Perry went on to have a 50 goal, 98 point season, which won him the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy, while Hiller got injured at the all-star game and missed the rest of the season. Perry was the 1st ever Duck to win the Hart, and the first Richard winner since Teemu Selanne won the award in 1999. Even though the Ducks had a great season led by Perry, Hiller, Selanne, Visnovsky and Getzlaf, they would end up losing in the first round of the playoffs to the 5th seeded Nashville Predators.

Before the 2011–12 season began, the team mourned the loss of former Mighty Duck Ruslan Salei, who died in a plane crash with several other former NHL players of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. They wore a black patch with his number 24 in current team numbering. The Ducks started the season with NHL Premiere games in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. This was the third time in franchise history that they started the regular season with games in Europe. They lost 4–1 to the Buffalo Sabres in Helsinki, and defeated the New York Rangers 2–1 after a shootout in Stockholm. After a slow start to the season, the Ducks replaced head coach Randy Carlyle with former Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau. The rest of the season was mostly forgettable as the Ducks could not get out of the hole they dug themselves in the first half of the season, and ultimately failed to reach the playoffs in the 2011–12 season.

The 2012–13 season was shortened to 48 games due to a lockout (like the 1994–95 season). Under the new, lockout-shortened 48-game schedule, the Ducks opened the season by sweeping a two-game Canadian road trip, with a decisive 7–3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, January 19, at 7 p.m. PST, followed by a 5–4 decision against the Calgary Flames on Monday, January 21. Their home opener took place at Honda Center on Friday, January 25, also against the Canucks, who would get their revenge, with a 5-0 win over the Ducks. The distinction of the Ducks' longest homestand was split between two five-game stretches from March 18 – March 25 and from April 3 – April 10. Anaheim's lengthiest road trip was a six-game haul from February 6 – February 16. Also, due to the shortened nature of the schedule and the objective of condensing travel, all games were to be played against the Ducks' own Western Conference opponents, and no games were played against Eastern Conference teams. The Ducks finished the season with a 30-12-6 record and would win their second Pacific Division title in franchise history. In the Western Conference Quarterfinals, they ended up losing to the seventh seeded Detroit Red Wings in 7 games, despite holding a 3-2 lead in the series after Game 5.

Entering the 2013-14 NHL season, it was announced that Teemu Selanne would be playing in his final NHL season. The Ducks made arguably the biggest move of the off-season when they traded star forward Bobby Ryan to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forwards Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and Ottawa's first round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The 2013-14 season marked the twentieth anniversary of the franchise, and as such all Ducks jerseys were embroidered with a commemorative patch. The 2013-14 season also marked the first time since the 1997-98 season that all NHL teams would play one another both home and away. Prior to the start of the season, it was announced that Ducks defenceman Sheldon Souray would miss the entire season due to complications stemming from his off-season wrist surgery. To combat this, the Ducks signed free-agent defenceman Mark Fistric to a one-year, $900,000 contract.[19] The Ducks also acquired centre Mathieu Perreault from the Washington Capitals in exchange for minor-league forward John Mitchell and a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In a move that surprised many, former Cup-winning Duck and free-agent Dustin Penner was resigned to a one-year contract by the Ducks,[20] with the idea that he would fill Bobby Ryan's spot on the Ducks' top-line alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and reunite the former Kid Line that was so successful during the 2007 Cup-winning season.

The 2013-14 season was a record-setting one for the Ducks, but one which began with a 6-1 mauling at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche which saw respective head coaches Bruce Boudreau and Patrick Roy almost come to blows at the game's conclusion. The Ducks responded with 7 straight wins, a run which was repeated and surpassed twice more during the season, including a franchise-record setting 10 consecutive wins from December 6 to December 28, 2013. At one point of the season, the Ducks won 18 of 19 games, the longest run of one-loss play in the NHL for 45 years. A 9-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on January 15 saw Anaheim establish a 20-0-2 record at Honda Center, which matched the longest season-opening home points streak in 34 years, as well as setting a franchise-record for goals scored in a game (9), and powerplay goals scored in a game (6).[21] Penner was eventually traded to the Washington Capitals, and prior to the NHL trade deadline, the Ducks acquired veteran defenceman Stephane Robidas from the Dallas Stars. Behind a Hart Trophy-calibre season from club captain Getzlaf, solid depth scoring, a steady if unspectacular defence, and solid goaltending in the form of Jonas Hiller and rookie sensation Frederik Andersen, many felt that the Ducks were primed to be a top contender for the Stanley Cup.

The Ducks remained towards the top of the NHL standings for the entire season, ending the regular season with a franchise-best 54-20-8 record (116 points) and eventually finishing one point behind the Boston Bruins in the race for the President's Trophy, awarded to the team who finishes the regular season with the best record. The Ducks secured a second consecutive Pacific Division title and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Anaheim faced the eighth-seeded Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, and were victorious in 6 games, marking the first time since 2009 that the Ducks had won a playoff series. In the Western Conference Semifinals, the Ducks faced their bitter rival and eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings for the first time ever in the playoffs. In a hotly contested series, the Ducks ultimately went down in seven games to their Southern California rivals, losing Game 7 by a 6-2 score at Honda Center.

On May 19, 2014, the team announced a four-year contract extension for general manager Bob Murray, to keep him under contract through the 2019-20 season.[22] Murray later won the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, while Getzlaf received his first ever nominations for both the Hart Memorial Trophy [23] and the Ted Lindsay Award,[24] finishing as the unanimous runner-up to Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.[25]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

Team colors and mascot[edit]

The team's colors were purple and green (referred to by the team as eggplant and jade, respectively) until the change of ownership in 2007. At this point, they became orange, black and gold, with white in place of black for the away jersey. The only exception is the alternate jersey, which is mostly a home only jersey with the same colors.

Anaheim's mascot is currently Wild Wing (a duck wearing the team jersey, number 93) He is the first mascot to have jumped from the rafters of the building. Wild Wing came around during '99-2000 season and right from the get-go he was a fan favorite.

Logos[edit]

The Ducks' logo features a webbed foot forming a "D" followed by the other letters in the word "Ducks" in upper-case letters. The text itself is gold (which sometimes may appear as bronze as well) with orange and black accents (forming a three-dimensional appearance). The entire logo is in turn outlined by silver. The city of Anaheim's name appears in smaller upper-case print, above the team name.

The old logo of the Ducks prior to the name change featured an old-style goaltender mask, shaped to form the appearance of a duck bill. Behind the mask are two intersecting hockey sticks, a black circle and a triangle (the color of the triangle is either green or gray, depending on how the logo is used).


Jerseys[edit]

The Ducks have officially worn three unique regular jerseys and three unique third jerseys in their franchise history:

Original Mighty Ducks Jerseys
The inaugural Mighty Ducks of Anaheim jerseys used from 1993–2006. The jerseys shown above feature shoulder patches that were used from 1996–2006.

The original jerseys of the Ducks (then the Mighty Ducks) used jade green, aubergine (eggplant), white and grey as primary colors for both the home and away jerseys. The team's dark jerseys were dominantly eggplant in color with diagonal gray and white stripes; the jersey is jade green below the stripes, which appear on the arms and waist, and the collar is jade and white. The white jerseys were similar, except that the eggplant is replaced mainly with white and the collar is completely eggplant in color. In 1996, shoulders patches were added to both jerseys featuring a forward-facing version of the main logo's "duck mask", surrounded by a circle reading "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim".

Ducks jerseys after 2006
Anaheim Ducks jerseys used during the 2006-2007 season. The same design was used when the whole league went to a new jersey template the next year.

About a year after the team was purchased from the Walt Disney Company by the Samuelis, Brian Burke initiated a name change dropping the "Mighty", after consultation with the fans showed that the typical fan had a willingness to update the "Mighty Ducks" name and jersey and also a desire to keep part of the traditions of the franchise. Burke sought inspiration for the jersey from the United States Military Academy,[citation needed] ending up with diagonal gold, white, black and orange stripes down the arms and waist with the word "Ducks" on the front. The jersey is similar to the team's most recent third jersey prior to the name change. The orange pays tribute to Orange County,[26] where Anaheim is located.

2007–08 jerseys

For the 2007–08 NHL season, the Ducks, like all NHL teams, changed over to new Rbk Edge jerseys. The new team jersey shows only minor modifications from 2006–07, including a small NHL crest just below the neck, and a smaller ducks logo on the chest. After the first year of the Edge uniform system being in place, the Ducks increased the size of their logo.

2014-15 Jerseys

On June 27, 2014 the Ducks unveiled their new uniforms that were based on the 2010-11 - 2013-14 Alternate jerseys.

Third jerseys

The third jerseys of the Ducks were created in 1995, 1997, 2003 and 2010. The 1995 jersey was jade green with eggplant and white stripes on the collar and on the end of the sleeves. The logo was of team mascot Wildwing wearing a Mighty Ducks jersey while breaking through a sheet of ice. The jersey was short-lived; as severe criticism encouraged management to retire the jersey at the end of the 1995 season.[citation needed]

Ducks alternate logo (2010–present). This is currently used as a patch on the Ducks' third jersey and features the original Mighty Ducks logo.

The 1997 third jersey came with a rare fourth jersey partner. The third was a jade green-colored jersey with silver and eggplant stripes at the shoulders outlined in thin yellow, and a silver stripe at the bottom. It had the Mighty Ducks logo in the center of the chest. The fourth jersey was much like it. It was white with jade green, eggplant, and silver stripes at the shoulders of the jersey, but no bottom stripe. These jerseys saw action until the end of 1999–2000, when they stopped playing with their third jerseys, and used only the fourth. At the end of 2000–01, the fourth was also retired.

The 2003 third jersey was black with purple and gray stripes at the waist and on the sleeves. It had the alternate script logo of the present Mighty Ducks and old-style laces at the neck, as well as a shoulder patch displaying an interlocking "MD" (for "Mighty Ducks"). The popularity of this jersey amongst fans was so great it replaced the eggplant and jade jersey, serving as the home jersey for the last half of the 2005–06 season and playoffs. It was dropped following the season as the team went to a modified name, new uniforms, and color scheme; however, this popular jersey influenced the design of the new jerseys for 2006–07. It was the only time in the modern NHL days when a mainly black jersey was not worn with black pants; instead, the pants were purple.

The current third jersey was officially unveiled on November 26, 2010 against the Chicago Blackhawks, the day after Thanksgiving. The jersey features the webbed 'D' on the chest with the classic Mighty Ducks logo on each shoulder. It features striping similar to the regular uniforms, and orange is much more prominent as a secondary color.[27]

Stadium Series jersey

For their Stadium Series game on January 25, 2014 the Ducks created a special jersey. This jersey is primarily orange with black lettering and numbers. The chromed Ducks logo, designed for the Stadium Series, is on the chest. There are gold, black and white stripes on the sleeves as well as black trim around the bottom and sleeves. The jersey has old fashion black lace on the neck and also has a unique "OC" logo on the left shoulder to represent Orange County where the Ducks are from.[28]

Mascot[edit]

The official mascot for the Anaheim Ducks is an anthropomorphized duck by the name of Wild Wing. He has been the team's mascot since its inaugural season, and his name was chosen through fan voting. He wears a Ducks jersey with the number 93 on the back, referring to the year the Ducks became an NHL team.

He regularly descends from the rafters of the arena when making his in-game entrances.[29] In one such descent the rigging that lowered Wild Wing from the rafters malfunctioned leaving the mascot trapped fifty feet above the ice for several minutes. Another well known blunder occurred in October 1995 when Wild Wing, attempting to jump through a "wall of fire", accidentally tripped causing the mascot to land on the fire and set his costume ablaze.[30]

His physical appearance is similar to the duck mask in the original Mighty Ducks logo. A bronze statue of Wild Wing was located outside the south doors of Honda Center[31] from 1993-2012, until construction began on the 'Grand Terrace' addition to the arena. When construction was completed and the Grand Terrace opened in October 2013, the statue was noticeably absent.

The mascot's name was also used for the leader of the Ducks, Wildwing Flashblade, in Disney's Mighty Ducks cartoon series.

During the same time in which the team announced a name change as well as change in jersey designs, there was an attempt by the team's owners to change or replace the mascot, Wild Wing, but was halted after a highly successful petition by fans.[citation needed]

The Mighty Ducks also used a secondary "mascot", a person (with no particular costume) called "The Iceman", during the team's first game in 1993. "The Iceman" appeared occasionally in the stands, played an electric guitar, and attempted to liven up the crowd. However, "The Iceman" was poorly received by fans and was quickly eliminated.

Season-by-season record[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Ducks. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Anaheim Ducks seasons.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2009–10 82 39 32 11 89 238 251 4th, Pacific Did not qualify
2010–11 82 47 30 5 99 239 235 2nd, Pacific Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Predators)
2011–12 82 34 36 12 80 204 231 5th, Pacific Did not qualify
2012–13 48 30 12 6 66 140 118 1st, Pacific Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Red Wings)
2013–14 82 54 20 8 116 263 207 1st, Pacific Lost in Conference Semifinals, 3-4 (Kings)

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 9, 2014.[32]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55 Canada Allen, BryanBryan Allen D L 33 2012 Kingston, Ontario
31 Denmark Andersen, FrederikFrederik Andersen G L 24 2012 Herning, Denmark
23 Canada Beauchemin, FrancoisFrancois Beauchemin D L 34 2011 Sorel, Quebec
39 Canada Beleskey, MattMatt Beleskey LW L 26 2006 Windsor, Ontario
7 Canada Cogliano, AndrewAndrew Cogliano C L 27 2011 Toronto, Ontario
65 United States Etem, EmersonEmerson Etem RW L 22 2010 Long Beach, California
28 Canada Fistric, MarkMark Fistric D L 28 2013 Edmonton, Alberta
4 United States Fowler, CamCam Fowler D L 22 2010 Windsor, Ontario
15 Canada Getzlaf, RyanRyan Getzlaf (C) C R 29 2003 Regina, Saskatchewan
36 United States Gibson, JohnJohn Gibson G L 20 2011 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Canada Heatley, DanyDany Heatley LW L 33 2014 Freiburg, West Germany
18 United States Jackman, TimTim Jackman RW R 32 2013 Minot, North Dakota
United States Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler C R 29 2014 Livonia, Michigan
47 Sweden Lindholm, HampusHampus Lindholm D L 20 2012 Helsingborg, Sweden
6 United States Lovejoy, BenBen Lovejoy D R 30 2013 Concord, New Hampshire
62 United States Maroon, PatrickPatrick Maroon LW L 26 2010 St. Louis, Missouri
21 United States Palmieri, KyleKyle Palmieri RW R 23 2009 Smithtown, New York
10 Canada Perry, CoreyCorey Perry RW R 29 2003 Peterborough, Ontario
Sweden Petersson, AndreAndre Petersson (RFA) RW R 23 2014 Olofström, Sweden
67 Sweden Rakell, RickardRickard Rakell RW R 21 2011 Sundbyberg Municipality, Sweden
33 Sweden Silfverberg, JakobJakob Silfverberg (RFA) RW R 23 2013 Gävle, Sweden
77 Canada Smith-Pelly, DevanteDevante Smith-Pelly (RFA) RW R 22 2010 Scarborough, Ontario
44 Canada Souray, SheldonSheldon Souray D L 37 2012 Elk Point, Alberta
Canada Stoner, ClaytonClayton Stoner D L 29 2014 Port McNeill, British Columbia
United States Thompson, NateNate Thompson C L 29 2014 Anchorage, Alaska
45 Finland Vatanen, SamiSami Vatanen (RFA) D R 23 2009 Jyväskylä, Finland


Team and player honors[edit]

NHL awards and trophies[edit]

Hall of Famers[edit]

Anaheim Ducks Hall of Famers
Players
Name Position Career Inducted
Jari Kurri LW 1996–1997 2001
Adam Oates C 2002–2003 2012
Scott Niedermayer D 2005–2010 2013

Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Ducks player

Franchise playoff scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten playoff point-scorers in franchise playoff history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Ducks player

Franchise individual records[edit]

  • Most goals in a season: Teemu Selanne, 52 (1997–98)
  • Most assists in a season: Ryan Getzlaf, 66 (2008–09)
  • Most points in a season: Teemu Selanne, 109 (1996–97)
  • Most penalty minutes in a season: Todd Ewen, 285 (1995–96)
  • Most goals in a season, defenceman: Lubomir Visnovsky, 18 (2010–11)
  • Most assists in a season, defenceman: Scott Niedermayer, 54 (2006–07)
  • Most points in a season, defenceman: Scott Niedermayer, 69 (2006–07)
  • Most goals in a season, rookie: Bobby Ryan, 31 (2008–09)
  • Most points in a season, rookie: Bobby Ryan, 57 (2008–09)
  • Most wins in a season: Jean-Sebastien Giguere, 36 (2006–07)
  • Most shutouts in a season: Jean-Sebastien Giguere, 8 (2002–03)

Leaders[edit]

Team captains[edit]


Coaches[edit]


General Managers[edit]

Broadcasters[edit]

Television broadcasts are on Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, or KDOC. Radio broadcasts are on KLAA AM 830

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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