Anaheim Ducks

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History of Anaheim Ducks

Information about the NHL team Anaheim Ducks.


The Anaheim Ducks are the professional players of the Anaheim, California, USA. The first name of the team was derived from the place where they are based. The Anaheim Ducks are the players in a ice hockey team that is mostly professional and who are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the national Hockey League also known as the NHL. The Anaheim Ducks actually started with their name being based from the film The Mighty Ducks. Eventually, this served as the second name of the team. The Anaheim Ducks were founded by the Walt Disney Company.

Before the name of Anaheim Ducks had been formalized, the team had been called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim which was derived from the film. This was changed when Disney sold the franchise to Henry and Susan Samueli, who were responsible for the changes in the Anaheim Ducks, in the 2006 to 2007 seasons. The team then was already winning two Western Conference Championships by the years 2003 and 2007 and also one Stanley Cup championship in the same year in 2007. The Anaheim Ducks had existed for 15 years from the day they were founded. The Anaheim Ducks also made six times of playoffs. The Anaheim Ducks are one of the most interesting teams for it has a memorable history in which other players had, but for them, actually made their history a distinction. The Anaheim Ducks made many things happen and these will be shown in chronological order below.

1993-2007

This was the year when the Anaheim Ducks was founded by the Walt Disney Company which named the team based on the company's popular movie, The Mighty Ducks. The story was simple, but it became spectacular for the founder made the name of the team out of a "misfit kids group" who turned their losing hockey team into a winning hockey team. This, somehow, served as an inspiration. The day the team had been founded led them to become more popular when the Disney company consequently had the Mighty Ducks mascot, as well as an animated series in which there were fictional Mighty Ducks of the team. They were the pioneer occupants of the Anaheim Arena (now the Honda Center), which was then a brand-new arena located at the east of Disneyland with a short distance and across the Orange freeway from the Angel stadium.

During the 1994 season, the Anaheim Ducks finished approximately fourth in the division with 71 points that the record would prove to be the first year of their expansion. The team had their blockbuster win in 1996 when the Ducks dealt with the Winnipeg Jets. But it was not all bed of roses for the Anaheim Ducks. The Anaheim Ducks had not met their success at the beginning of their career, but this trend will soon pass. The Anaheim Ducks had their playoffs in their 15 years in existence, and that was when they really started. After the whole lot of playoffs, the Ducks gained their success and it was fun for they created the impact not only to the people of their country but also to the other people who heard and watched their games.

From 1996 to 1997, the team finished fourth in the Western Conference rivaled by the Phoenix Coyotes that had a remarkable history for their game with the Anaheim Ducks. The team contended with the Phoenix Coyotes through a series of fights. This would lead the Anaheim Ducks to lose the game by having a scoring of 3-0 from the winning team.

And then, during the season of the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Anaheim Ducks qualified to enter the game championships. After the third straight post-season, they met the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. This was a shocking moment as they defeated the other primary players. The team now can defeat the number one team then which was named the Dallas Stars in a round of six games. In the semifinals, when the game number one was noted as fourth longest game in the history of the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks won in the fifth in an overtime period. And then, in the finals, the Anaheim Ducks prepared for the nearest game to earn their first Western Conference championship and berth in the Stanley Cup finals. The 2003 Stanley Cup finals was where the Anaheim Ducks engaged in battle against the New Jersey Devils. They fought with two elite goal tenders, one was Martin Brodeur from New Jersey and the other was Jean-Sebastian Giguere for the Anaheim Ducks. It was also the competition of two brothers which held different teams as noted in their history. This game was quite a deciding moment of Paul Kariya just because on game six, Kariya saw himself in the wrong side which made him to get knocked out and sent to the dressing room. But, in less than 20 minutes later, Kariya went back to the game from the dressing room and had the scores to help the Ducks tie to the series of game. Unfortunately, the Anaheim Ducks fell from the seventh series of the game and lost the Stanley Cup Final against the Devils. Bacause of the fine play of Jean-Sebastian Giguere, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP or most valuable player of the playoffs. He was the fifth player and fourth goaltender to get the award, but in NHL history, he was the only one who had a trophy as an MVP from a losing team.

In the summer of 2004, the NHL and Players Association's labor dispute was headed toward a long lockout. This is when Disney tried to sell the Anaheim Ducks in an unexpected amount that is quite lower than the original price of the amount of US$ 40 million. The following year, the Anaheim Ducks was bought by the couple Henry and Susan Samueli of Irvine, California from the Walt Disney Company for the amount of US$ 75 million. The couple kept the team in Anaheim and designated each player and member according to their function. Randy Carlyle, a Norris Trophy defenceman winner was hired as the 7th coach of the team and Brian Burke as the vice president who knew the ability of Randy Carlyle. Randy Carlyle had also replaced the former coach of Ducks, Mike Bobcock, who left the team to coach the Red Wings. During the same season, the Anaheim Ducks regained their fame and prowess as well as their fan base with the making of their first big free-agency splash under the new vice president Burke when he signed defenseman Scott Niedermayer, the 2004 winner of Norris Trophy and also older brother of Rob, the Ducks forward, to a four-year contract.

And then, during the 2005 to 2006 season, the Ducks experienced a time when big names with big contracts left the team. There were the primary players of the game such as Petr Sykora and Sergei Fedorov in favor of the young players such as Corey, Perry, Chris Kunitz, Ryan Getzlaf and Joffrey Lupul. The Ducks face the struggle during the early season but through the series of gaming, they regained their desire and eventually, they knocked off the top 4 seeds and replaced them.

When the Ducks met their success due to their new management, the following year, the name of their team was changed from the Mighty Ducks to the Anaheim Ducks. This was announced in January 26, 2006.