How the Mighty Ducks Were Started

If you got your television through then you might have seen the Mighty Ducks movies. Ever wondered how the actual team started?

The Anaheim Ducks were founded by The Walt Disney Company in 1993. The team was known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – the film, “The Mighty Ducks,” was released by the company in 1992 – until the club’s name was changed in 2006 a year after Disney sold the team.

The highlight of the club’s history came on June 6, 2007, when Anaheim won its first Stanley Cup. Fans enjoyed watching when the Ducks completed a 4-1 Stanley Cup Finals victory with a 6-2 win that evening.

Anaheim also had an outstanding playoff run in 2003 as the Mighty Ducks fell just one win short of claiming their first Stanley Cup. A convincing 5-2 home win for the Ducks in game six that forced a seventh game in the series was an exciting moment for those at the arena.

Anaheim first made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in its fourth attempt. The Mighty Ducks knocked off the Phoenix Coyotes in a memorable seven-game series in 1997 before getting swept by the Detroit Red Wings in the following round.

The Anaheim Ducks have played in the Honda Center throughout the club’s entire history. The facility was named the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim from 1993-2006. Anaheim is a perfect 6-0 in Stanley Cup Finals games played in the facility.

Anaheim fans exploded in celebration at the end of two consecutive games when the Mighty Ducks won games three and four of the 2003 Finals in sudden-death overtime.


Anaheim Selects Hometown Hockey Player

Emerson Etem was born in Long Beach, CA, so when he finally gets around to getting those “professional athlete” business cards printed up, he might want to be extra specific.

It’s not that Long Beach hasn’t produced its share of athletically gifted residents over the past few decades (including tennis legend Billie Jean King, NFL linebacker Willie McGinest and safeties Mark Carrier and Jeff Severson, MLB outfielder Tony Gwynn, Olympic volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, just to name a few), but all those sports stars upbringings were aided by their warm weather surroundings.

Etem, on the other hand, is recent first round selection of the Ducks, Anaheim’s ice hockey team, which may bring joy to thousands of Los Angeles area fans every year, but is rarely composed of any LA-area residents.

Etem actually got his start playing roller hockey, following in the footsteps of his older brother Martin, later transitioning into ice skates. He grew up watching Martin play for the Long Beach Jr. Ice Dogs, though soon it will be Martin’s turn to watch his younger brother take the NHL stage.

The two brothers are not the only athletes in the family as their mother Patricia made the US Olympic rowing team, taking part in the 1984 Olympic Games in LA.Sidney Crosby also had an effect on Etem’s hockey trajectory.

Inspired by a Crosby-led team Shattuck St. Mary’s squad, Emerson chose to take his hockey talents to Minnesota at the age of 14 where he would later help the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabers, a prominent prep team in Faribault, MN, to their second consecutive Tier I 17&Under Title.In Etem, the Ducks get not only a hometown kid but a left-handed scorer from the right wing position.

Playing last season for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, Emerson lit the lamp 37 times to go with 28 assists, notching a total of 65 points in 72 games. In 12 post season contests, he added additional 7 goals and 3 assists.


The Anaheim Ducks Give Back To The Community

For fans of the Anaheim Ducks, not only do you have a great sports team to cheer for on the ice, but they are a great organization which is always constantly giving back to the community and the fans, in every way possible, in order to show their graditude for the fans support.

Whether they are holding a summer camp to teach the local children in clinics and hold games, or whether they are holding a fund raising event for a specific charity organization, both the players and coaches, and the entire anaheim ducks franchise is always giving back to their local community.

As a matter of fact, the NHL, teams, players and coaches, all work together in order to help the local individuals in each of their communities and to show that charity and assisting those in need, is something that all members of the community should do.

So, whether you are just a fan of the NHL and the ducks, or whether you are also keen on their charitable donations, and the work they do in the local community, all fans living in anaheim, california, have something to cheer about when they are rooting for the ducks and the organization.


Round 2 and Beyond

Contrary to popular belief, the NHL Entry Draft continues well beyond one round each and every June. To be exact, the 1st round completes only 1/7th of the total action to be had on draft night, with many current and past NHL stars hearing their name called long after Round 1 has come to a close.

In total, the Anaheim Ducks walked away with an 8 man class from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, only two of which were first round selections. Here’s a look at the Ducks final 6 picks of the night, all of whom hope to make a meaningful impact to the franchise over the course of their budding careers.

Round 2Pick 12: Devante Smith-Pelly, Right Wing, Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL) In his second year with Mississauga St. Michael’s, Smith-Pelly took a major step forward, netting 16 additional goals and 21 additional assists, bringing his year end totals to 29 and 33 respectively, while more than doubling his total point output from 25 in year 1 to 62 in year 2.

Round 5Pick 2: Christopher Wagner, Right Wing, South Shore (EJHL) Wagner was prolific in his second season with South Shore, scoring 34 times coupled with 49 assists, adding up to 83 points in just 44 appearances in 2009-2010.

Pick 12: Tim Heed, Defenseman, Sodertalje (Sweden) A bit undersized for a prototypical defenseman, Heed has posted solid offensive contributions for his native Swedish squad to the tune of 8 goals and 29 assists in 32 games last year.

Round 6Pick 11: Andreas Dahlstrom, Center, AIK (Sweden) Dahlstrom is raw, but makes a valuable asset as a tough guy. Not an elite scorer, the young Swede tends to rack up significantly more penalty minutes than goals or assists.

Pick 27: Kevin Lind, Defenseman, Chicago (USHL) Lind provides a big body on defense and doesn’t shy away from contact. He made some offensive contributions as well with 6 goals and 10 assists in 55 contests a year ago.

Round 7Pick 12: Brett Perlini, Right Wing, Michigan State (CCHA) By no means a scorer, the grinder has nice size for his position and uses it well around the ice.


Will Kariya Rejoin the Flock?

With good friend and long time teammate Teemu Selanne re-upping with Anaheim for one more season, rumor has it Paul Kariya is seriously considering making his own prodigal return to Anaheim.

Kariya, who first played for the Ducks in 1994-1995, with great sticks in hand he spent his first 9 NHL season in Anaheim, during 7 of which he served as the team’s captain.

In 2004, Kariya promised to bring a Stanley Cup to Anaheim, though he has yet to play a game with Ducks since making the proclamation. At the end of his 9 year tenure in Anaheim, Kariya and former GM Byran Murray allegedly reached a verbal agreement in which Kariya would take a pay cut in order for more high-caliber acquisitions to help the team better chase the Cup.

However, during the ensuing off-season, Kariya chose to sign with the Colorado Avalanche, who also signed Selanne, re-uniting the friends and line mates for the first time since 2000-2001. Ultimately the Avalanche fell short in their Stanley Cup quest. After his one year stint in Colorado, Kariya signed with Nashville where he spent two years with the Predators before leaving town for St. Louis via free agency.

For the past three seasons, Kariya has struggled to live up to his lofty career benchmarks with the Blues, though perhaps were he to re-sign with Anaheim and once again play alongside Selanne, the one-time Duck captain could be rejuvenated towards a late career statistical resurgence.

At 35 years old, it is difficult to tell how much Kariya has left in the tank. Selanne, on one hand, has strung together productive seasons well past Kariya’s current age, having turned 40 this July and already committed to at least one more season with Anaheim. If nothing else, seeing Kariya and Selanne skate together once more under the Ducks banner would be a welcome sight to Anaheim eyes.


Long Time No Type

Yea, it has been forever and a few weeks since I last posted something here, been kind of busy and haven’t even watched too much hockey. It is a far cry from last year, but I guess since they won, I don’t have that itch like I did.

Just like the Angels in 2002 and I don’t watch any baseball now. It is different with hockey though, so I do not worry about it.

Really, what I have been doing is waiting, waiting for my new platform to be developed. WordPress is nice and all, but it takes too much rigging to get things to work well, so I have moved on to Joomla! Joomla will allow me to have the community site I have wanted since last year and I wont have to tear apart PHP code, these really smart people already did that.

So I have a small preview of what the front page is going to look like when it is all said and done. Not much to look at really, but it’s all about what lies beneath and beyond the front page.

Ugh, what a let down huh? I created that banner myself and had a little bit of help from my buddy Jason, he made Selanne and the Cup glow a little bit. My Photoshop skills reflect my freehand skills. Limited is the nicest word I can come up with, other than suck. Patience is a virtue and I am waiting for things to come along with Joomla, those guys are almost done.

As for the team…

George Parros officially has more points than he has shots on goal. When you get stats like that, you know that the team will pull out of its early funk. Just need to get everyone healthy, then it is time to steam roll. A deserved salute to Brad May for taking on Booger.

His punch last year was cheap and he is still a dick, but he owned up. And to anyone saying he just hung on, shut up. Why don’t they just “hang on” to Boogard and see how many fractured bones their face endures before slipping into a coma.


Packed Close in the Pacific

With less than two thirds of the season left to play, most divisions seem to fall into at least some semblance of top to bottom order with a substantial chunk of schedule now in the rear view mirror. The exception? The Pacific Division of the Western Conference.

Of the 5 teams termed “Pacific,” though Dallas and Phoenix might rightly maintain geographic gripes, all 5 teams look potent enough at this juncture to finish first, thus equally in danger of a last place result.Taking a look around the league, at least one team in every other division has gone belly-up or lightning speed forward through the early slate of games.

With confidence it can be determined the neither the New York Islanders nor the New Jersey Devils (surprising, this early at least) will win the Atlantic, the Leafs and Senators are extreme long shots at best in the Northeast, the Panthers and Canes can call it a year in the Southeast, Detroit is comfortably atop the Central, and the Oilers seem to have tragically spilled all over the Northwest.

Meanwhile, the Ducks, Stars, Kings, Sharks and Coyotes, while they may not blow away any onlookers in the win column, have put together remarkably solid seasons from top to bottom.Looking forward, however, this poses a problem.

At the current rate, not only will potentially deserving teams find themselves on the outside of postseason play looking in, but none of these cookie cutter outfits seem to have the firepower to make a mark atop the overall conference rankings.

Such a thorough collection of good not great units has little advantage on an individual team basis, discounting fan advantages such as competitive hockey and an intriguing playoff race down the stretch, were the status quo to hold.

Can the Ducks assert themselves atop this homogenous second tier grouping and make the jump to the elite level of NHL competition? Well, to this point, we stand as good a chance as the rest of our Pacific brethren.


Project Penner

As I started reading Brian Burke’s first public words about this Dustin Penner signing, I started to think why is this such a big deal. Everything I read has this notion that the Ducks need to sign Penner, they need to know if the two stars are going to retire, that way we can get Dustin signed.

Sorry, he isn’t worth $4.3m right now. The stats have been posted, Earl Sleek over at the BoC did some great number crunching as usual and even came up with a pounds per dollar sum, lol. It is crazy to think that Penner would get paid that much money, given his rocky road to get to this level.

I am not one to believe in things like your placement in the draft should dictate your salary, your play on the ice should. He had a great rookie year, no doubt, but why did he have such a rough trek to the NHL?

From watching him play all year, he sometimes has a lazy mentality, but all the tools to dominate. Who is that big with such good hands? He dishes, he scores and he is fucking huge. Randy Carlyle has put him in the dog house a few times for what was reportedly not giving 100% and showing up late.

Dude, stop living on the beach, you should be showing your teammates and the executives that you are committed to the cause. I think if he had done that all season, gone out and been a terror in front of the net and punished people, Burke would have an easier decision to make.

If a possessed Penner shows up every game, you have to look at what John Leclair, Keith Tkachuk and even our very own Todd Bertuzzi have done in the past. Leclair had three 50 goal seasons in a row, Tkachuk had two and Bertuzzi peaked at 46. Dustin Penner is younger, bigger and more talented than any of those three.

So Burke has to question all of this. Does he take a big risk on a player that has literally limitless possibilities and jeopardize the stability of his team or does he take draft picks in what is said to be a deep draft in 08? The more and more I wrote here, the more I think that he needs to take a risk on this kid.

This might crush the return of Teemu Selanne, even if Niedermayer retires. So thank you Kevin Lowe, you stupid prick, you have created a really stupid trend. Every RFA with similar or beyond numbers is going to want the same inflated, baseless contract that you tendered to Penner.

This also flies into the territory of bumping up the salaries of Ryan Getlaf and Corey Perry next year, when you know someone will easily offer Getzlaf $5m+. Todd Bertuzzi needs to come off the books already and he hasn’t even played a game for the team…


Posting While Drunk – The Prequel

This is probably a bad idea, Knob Creek seems to be no joke, but who really reads this anyway right? Who really cares, I will write a post just to spite myself.

I should start by saying something about the signings the Ducks have made, that would be the best part. First off, Brian Burke has started to sign a lot of guys with NHL experience who spend most of their time in the AHL this year, just in case someone gets hurt.

This is a good idea, because we do not need to trade for Ric Jackman in the middle of the season and have him play horrible defense in the playoffs, then score one goal and be a hero, now do we. So a big thumbs up to Burkie for doing that, way to think ahead, way to think that your two Norris defenders are not invincible.

Now on to the good signings that we have made.

First we start with the man protecting the net. Jean Sebastian Giguere should officially retire an Anaheim Duck. This man is 100% class, he is a family man and he gives you everything he has without sugar-coating a thing.

Giguere says the right things to the media without coming off as a douche bag, praises his teammates and loves being an Anaheim Duck. What more can you ask for? He also took a huge discount to play for the Ducks.

I think the doctors and Francois Allaire had a very small part to do with his decision, but I believe the biggest reason was that he felt management did him right and the team has a chance to be good for a couple of years at least. Thank you J.S. and thank you Brian Burke, you made the right decision.

Let us move on to Mathieu Schneider, the heir apparent to the impossible. Not since Elvis Grbac in San Francisco has a single player had to replace such a integral part of team.

Welcome to Anaheim Matt. Grbac did a really shitty job when he was with the 49ers, I really hope that Schneider doesn’t have the same fate. I am not too familiar with him to be honest. My buddy, who happens to be a Kings fan (I know, I know…”buddy”) says that he was upset when the Kings traded Schneider to the Red Wings, so that makes me think he is a decent player.

Being 38 scares me a little bit, but so does Chris Chelios and he almost as old as my dad. So let me say that I think #23 will stop the bleeding if Scott Niedermayer retires, but will not heal the wound.

Now on to my favorite signing, Todd Bertuzzi. I am pretty sure I ragged on him when the Ducks were playing Detroit in the WCF, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the guy. In fact, I am a big fan of Todd Bertuzzi. I was hoping that Burke traded for him two years ago, but that never happened.

What he did to Steve Moore was down right vicious, he should probably be in jail or should have been, but he isn’t. I base everything on the here and now. Todd Bertuzzi is here in Anaheim and now has a chance to help out the club I cheer for.

Funny how a change in uniform can change your opinion on a guy huh? Not really, he scared me in Detroit, if he played big, the Ducks would have probably lost that series. I will go out on a limb and say that Todd Bertuzzi has a productive season and flirts with 80 points 2008.

But Burke over paid for him, that is for sure. He should have said here is $2,000,000, if you want $4,000,000, go get some points. Nothing drives an athlete like money.

I wont say much on the retirement issues. I think they both retire honestly, with Scott Niedermayer the most likely to return. Teemu Selanne accomplished what he wanted to, he has no contractual obligation to come back and I think his age, with his family, will play a big role.

Both men have nothing to prove, Selanne is one of the best European players to ever lace them up and I will let Niedermayer’s resume speak the volumes it already has. I will be very sad when Selanne says he is officially done, he has been my favorite player since 1993, he radiates class.

I was very honored to have my picture taken with him and to play a couple hands of blackjack with the man, he really is as charismatic as he seems.

Until next time folks, it is midnight and my eyes are getting really heavy. Deftones was the only thing to keep me awake while I wrote all this.


Selanne Back for another Year

Already among the Ducks’ all-time greats, if not NHL greats, right winger Teemu Selanne is set to return to Anaheim for one more season. Selanne, who suffered through multiple injuries last season while still managing to produce 27 goals, was though by many pundits to on his way out of the league. It was all thanks that he carefully selected his hockey helmet and ice skate.

Selanne began his NHL playing days in 1992, originally drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1988, and now looks to expand his prolific career into yet another decade. Now 40 years old, Selanne has been surprisingly productive as an elder statesman for the Ducks.

Since his second go round with Anaheim began following the 2005-2005 lockout, Selanne has scored 27 goals in 4 of 5 seasons, reaching the 90 point plateau (combined goals and assists) in each of the first two seasons.

Though he has played in limited contests over the past 3 seasons, when on the ice, Selanne still provides valuable contributions to the Ducks squad, and even when kept off the ice, his leadership and veteran savvy in the clubhouse is invaluable.

Over the course of his NHL career Selanne has spent time with the Jets, Sharks and Avalanche, though Anaheim has been his home for two extended periods of play. While he showed significant signs of promise during his early days with the Jets, Selanne truly hit his stride after a trade first landed him with the Ducks.

In just his first full season with Anaheim, teaming up on a line with fellow superstar Paul Kariya, Selanne went on to capture the 1998 NHL Scoring Title, a feat he would repeat a year later in 1999.

Perhaps his second era in Anaheim has been even more successful. In 2005-2005, his first season after rejoining the Ducks Selanne was named NHL Comeback Player of the Year. A year later he helped the Ducks hoist both their first and his first Stanley Cup Trophy.