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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.10.2013 / 11:24 AM PT

As we get closer to the start of the 2013-14 season, we've exchanged emails with assorted Ducks, asking about their summers and other personal info. Our latest subject:

Jakob Silfverberg

How is your name pronounced?
It’s more like Ja-kub. It doesn’t really matter to me, but as long as people are asking, I keep saying “Ja-kub.”

[Hear him pronounce it]:

Your favorite NHL player growing up
Peter Forsberg.

Favorite hockey moment of your career
When I won the Swedish Elite League with Brynas in 2011-12.

Do you have any pregame superstitions or routines?
I like to play soccer before every game. Otherwise, I don't think I have any pregame routines.

Your favorite TV show
The Big Bang Theory.

Your favorite movie
The Dark Knight.

Your favorite band
Swedish House Mafia.

A band or artist on your iPod you're ashamed of
No, everything I got on it is good!

Your celebrity crush
Nicole Scherzinger.

Your favorite food
Tacos

Strangest thing you've been asked to autograph
A car

The best perk of being a pro athlete
To be able to do what you love and make money on it.

Where did you spend most of your summer?
In my hometown Gavle, Sweden.

What else did you do this summer?
I spent most of my time with family and friends at home. I went to Stockholm to spend some time in my fiancée's summer house and to see my brother and sister and their families.

Any movies you saw this summer you liked?
"Now You See Me" was a good one.

Any music you've gotten into to or concerts you attended this summer?
I haven't been to any concert but I've started listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers again.


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POSTED ON Monday, 09.9.2013 / 10:34 AM PT

As we get closer to the start of the 2013-14 season, we've exchanged emails with assorted Ducks, asking about their summers and other personal info. Our latest subject:

Viktor Fasth

New wife's name
Linda

Daughter's name
Signe (two years old)

Your favorite NHL player(s) growing up
Patrick Roy and Arturs Irbe

Favorite hockey moment of your career
NHL debut

Do you have any pregame superstitions or routines?
Yes, too many. Don't wanna jinx them.

Your favorite TV shows
River Monsters and Gold Rush on Discovery, Family Guy and Big Bang Theory

Your favorite movies
Hot Rod (according to me, the funniest movie ever), and I just watched Grown Ups 2. It was really good.

Your favorite bands
Bob Dylan, Håkan Hellström (Swedish guy), Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso

A band or artist on your iPod you're ashamed of
Justin Bieber???

Your favorite food
Sushi

Strangest thing you've been asked to autograph
A teammate's jock strap

The best perk of being a pro athlete
To work with what I enjoy the most, as a full-time job.

Where did you spend most of your summer?
Back in Sweden, travelled around the country visiting family and friends

What else did you do this summer?
Got married in July. And had some great days fishing with my brother.


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POSTED ON Friday, 09.6.2013 / 10:06 AM PT

As we get closer to the start of the 2013-14 season, we've exchanged emails with assorted Ducks, asking about their summers and other personal info. Our latest subject:

Jonas Hiller

New wife's name
Karolina

Your favorite NHL player(s) growing up
Patrick Roy, David Aebischer

Favorite hockey moment of your career
Olympics Vancouver 2010, Swiss champion and Spengler Cup 2005 and 2007

Do you have any pregame superstitions or routines?
I do the same warm up before every game and get dressed the same way every time

Your favorite TV shows
Top Gear, Dexter, Homeland, Friends

Your favorite movies
Shawshank Redemption, Gladiator, Fast and the Furious,

Your favorite bands
Metallica, Rammstein, Die Toten Hosen, Bligg

A band or artist on your iPod you're ashamed of
DJ Oetzi

Your celebrity crush
Jennifer Aniston

Your favorite food
Thai

Strangest thing you've been asked to autograph
Forehead

The best perk of being a pro athlete
Earning money with your hobbie and you get to travel a lot (sometimes too much ;-))

Where did you spend most of your summer?
In Bern, Switzerland

What else did you do this summer?
Honeymoon to Maldives, kite-surf trip to Lake Como, Italy,  vacation in Cabo

Any movies you saw this summer you liked?
There wasn't much out there, I thought. The only good one I saw was "Mud."

Any music you've gotten into to or concerts you attended this summer?
Got invited to the new album release of Krokus. Missed the Gurten Festival and one of my favorite bands "Die Toten Hosen" because of a sore back :-(

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.4.2013 / 3:07 PM PT
As we get closer to the start of the 2013-14 season, we've exchanged emails with assorted Ducks, asking about their summers and other personal info. Our first subject:

Cam Fowler

Where did you spend most of your summer?
Northville, Michigan

What else did you do this summer?
Went to North Carolina with Bones [Nick Bonino] on a golf trip and also visited Palms [Kyle Palmieri] in Syracuse to play golf as well.

Your favorite NHL player(s) growing up
Nick Lidstrom, Ray Bourque

Favorite hockey moment of your career
2010 World Junior gold medal

Do you have any pregame superstitions or routines?
Same meal every day and must play soccer before the game

Your favorite TV shows
Seinfeld, Suits, Big Bang Theory

Your favorite movies
Tommy Boy, Anchorman

Your favorite bands
Zac Brown Band, Lil Wayne, Jay Z

A song on your iPod you're ashamed of
Dancing Queen

Your celebrity crush
Amber Heard

Your favorite food
Alfredo pasta

Strangest thing you've been asked to autograph
Team Canada puck

The best perk of being a pro athlete
Waking up in the morning and being able to do something I love


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.3.2013 / 11:23 AM PT
It was a pretty big weekend here in Ducks land, and just like many big moments in the history of this franchise, it was because of Teemu Selanne

In case you missed it – and if you’re reading this, there is virtually no way you could have – last Friday the Ducks announced Teemu’s return for one last season via this video:



The feature was the brainchild of Teemu and two of our Ducks video guys – Rich Cooley and Peter Uvalle – who shot it on Wednesday and edited it in time for Friday’s announcement. But the heart of its content was all Teemu.

It was his idea to throw the bag in the water, realize he’d left a cell phone in there and then dive in after it, because he said he had a friend who went through something similar in real life. They used an old golf bag that Teemu dug out of his garage and an old Blackberry that once belonged to one of our staff members. Our video guys were content to have him reach for the bag and fish out the phone from the edge of the pond, but Teemu himself insisted on wading into the murky water.

He ad-libbed the part where he took off his golf glove (seemingly to keep it dry), and then inexplicably tossed it into the water anyway.

And for those wondering, the muttering in Finnish in the opening scene of the video roughly translates in English to, “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

On their way out to the far reaches of the golf course to shoot the footage, Teemu realized about halfway there he had forgotten one important prop. So that quick shot where he’s digging through the brush with his club to look for a golf ball? That’s real.

It all ends with the "announcement" coming from a staged phone conversation with Ducks GM Bob Murray. "Hi, Bob, it’s Teemu," he says into the dripping phone. "Yeah, I’m coming back, but this it, this is my final one.”

Teemu was asked later by media about the video and said it was “pretty much” his idea. “They wanted to do a video like that, and I‘ve seen something similar, so I said, ‘Let’s do it like this,’” he said.

Selanne is a strong (and longtime) golfer despite what the video indicated [“I’m a good actor,” he laughed] who said he’d never thrown a club – let alone a bag – in the water before. “That was my first time,” he said. “It felt pretty good.”

Soon after we released the video via social media and the Ducks website, it went viral – with the number of views on YouTube soaring by the minute as the video was featured worldwide on ESPN, Fox Sports 1 and other outlets. (Here's a few: HLN | ESPN SportsCenter | ESPN News | KTLA | KNBC | GOLF Channel | KCAL | NewsWorld TV Canada)

By the end of the long weekend, the views on YouTube had skyrocketed past the 1 million mark, and this morning it stands at just over 1,633,381. (On a smaller note, I was at a sandwich place in Orange for lunch today and overheard a guy describing it enthusiastically to his friends in line.) It's by far the most-watched video in Ducks history, and we couldn't be prouder.

“I hope people liked it,” Selanne said on Friday.

At 1.6 million views and rising, it would appear so, and here’s just some of the reaction on Twitter.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 08.29.2013 / 2:17 PM PT
Complete with smoldering look, fashionable sweater and mandatory ocean backdrop, Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa was the subject of a short feature in the latest Orange Coast Magazine.

Sbisa was quizzed about his fashion choices:

What's your style personality?
Simple with details

Biggest fashion regret?
Never been able to wear a Speedo, even though I'm European (legs are a little too big, ha!)

(Editor's note: I think he may be the only person regretting that.)

Cocktail, black tie or ______?
Three piece?

Favorite accessory
A watch, hands down

Favorite fashion decade
The 1920s era ... I like the suits, the slicked hair and all that stuff
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POSTED ON Thursday, 08.8.2013 / 4:05 PM PT

New (or old, depending on how you look at it) Duck Dustin Penner agreed to take part in a live chat with fans -- who submitted questions via the web and Twitter -- on Wednesday afternoon. Here's a little of what we learned:

- If you call him to start the chat a little after the promised time of 1 p.m., he answers the phone with, "You're four minutes late."

- He figured Teemu Selanne would announce his return to the Ducks as soon as the ink hit the paper for Penner's signing with the team. When asked if he thought 8 would return, he sarcastically replied: I would think he'd come back pretty quickly after I signed and said, "Now that Penner's back..." I'm pretty disappointed he hasn't already.

- He was inevitably asked about the pancake incident from when he was in LA, and came back with:
Obviously the severity of the incident has become more of a comedic thing. But I probably have had pancakes at least twice this offseason without incident. I'm more of a bacon and eggs type of guys anyway. #PrayForDustin.

- He named his dog Ryback, and there is a long, intricate story as to why: I got him at a canine ranch Adelhorst in San Bernardino where a lot of law enforcement get their dogs. It's a place where dogs train to detain criminals. It happened to be that Steven Segal was getting a dog too. He was looking at the same one I was and he had first dibs, and they gave him a week to buy it. He had to run things by his family and he ultimately said no. I swooped in there and took the dog, and named him after the character he plays in Under Siege.

- His favorite restaurant in Newport Beach? A good choice: I'd say The Cannery, for sure. They've got really good sushi, and it's kind of a one-stop shop. You can get everything there.

- Asked if he trash-talked his Ducks friends when he was with the Kings, he referenced this YouTube video (which I hadn't seen before): I made it a point to talk trash to those guys, especially Getzlaf and Perry. There was a play, I think it's on YouTube, where Perry chirps me, and I get up and line him up, knock him down and kind of land on top of him on his back. He lays there crying. I knew he was faking it, so that felt pretty good.

- At one point old teammate and friend Joffrey Lupul asked via Twitter if Penner was going to skate with him and "the boys" the next day, and Penner came back with: I'll be there contingent on him picking up my ice fee, and I'll pick up his green fee later in the day.

- He was later asked by Bobby Ryan what his handicap was in the Golden Tee golf video game: I'd say about a plus-12. I'd have to give you about eight strokes a side.

- On what he eats postgame:
After games most players don't have the stomach to eat. But sometimes you have to eat if you have a game the next day. More times than not, you just have a shake and go to bed. When I do eat after, I like to have some pasta with a light sauce.

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He was asked who would play him in a movie about his life: Hopefully Vince Vaughn. Both of us like to talk a lot and joke a lot, and can be a bit confrontational and passive-aggressive.
(P.S. He used a different word for "confrontational" but we asked him to choose a different one.)

- Favorite movies? The Big Lewbowski and both Bad Boys movies. Favorite band? A trio of DJs called Above and Beyond.


- How he unwinds after a game is different than it was during his years in Edmonton:
Depending on what time the game ends, you might have a couple beers with friends down at a beach bar. You can go a little more unnoticed down here than Edmonton. But more times than not, people don't bother you too much. They just say, "I'm a fan. Have a nice night." But depending on what time it is, I might just take the dog down to the beach after a game. It's always nice to have the ocean in your back yard.

- The first thing he did after signing with the Ducks? Go on a serious run on the links: I actually did make three birdies on a row after the news broke, so that had to be a good omen.

- He likes his iPad on the plane, and an occasional poker game: I watch movies on my iPad. A lot of guys play poker and other card games, like snarple and 7-up 7-down. I stay away from the other games, but I'll play poker.

- Growing up, he looked up to: Definitely my dad, but Mario Lemieux was someone I always idolized.

All in all, Penner was just as engaging, funny and occasionally biting as we'd expect. And based on the number of questions that came in that unfortunately weren't able to be answered, we'd definitely like to do another one of these chats with him down the road.

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POSTED ON Monday, 07.1.2013 / 2:18 PM PT
If you recall, three months ago in this space we posted a pretty cool commercial Teemu Selanne made for Finnish milk company Valio Suomi. The commercial had its own "making of" video to accompany it, but the Ducks video crew also shot some footage during the filming of the commercial and have their own look behind the scenes:



Teemu, when talking about the demanding schedule the shoot entails, says, "I don't know if I could be an actor."

It's fine, we're happy with him being a hockey player for at least a few more years.

But speaking of Teemu as an actor, we had a commentor on our Facebook page remind us that Teemu did a bit of acting along time ago for another Finnish commercial, this one for some kind of online shopping service in Finland. If you haven't seen it, this is a beauty:


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POSTED ON Friday, 06.28.2013 / 1:24 PM PT
It was good news to Ducks fans, teammates and staffers (like myself) when it was announced Thursday that Ben Lovejoy had agreed to a new three-year contract. It's not just because what Lovejoy did on the ice as a shutdown defenseman, who was a huge asset after being acquired by the Ducks from Pittsburgh in early February (and played great in this year's playoffs). But Lovejoy brings a quirky, smart and often funny personality to the Ducks locker room.

While Ducks fans were happy to be keeping Lovejoy around for another few years, teammates were as well, based on a couple of tweets:

Lovejoy commented on that tweet in this Q&A I did with him on Friday: "When I got traded, I got put in a corner next to Bobby Ryan, who has been awesome. We really bonded in that corner. Also in that end of the locker room is Teemu, Getzlaf and Perry. So now with me signed, we have all the high-rollers locked up. I need to text our trainers to make sure I still have my locker room spot next to Bobby."

And on the #hesaheadcase remark: "I’m not a superstitious guy, but I have a lot of routines. And I think Bobby is just as bad, if not worse. So he’s dishing it out a little."

Here was Kyle Palmieri's reaction on Twitter:

In case you missed it, Lovejoy admitted his germaphobia (I think that's the word) when I interviewed him about playoff beards just before the postseason started:

“I’m a chronic handwasher," he said. "I don’t like shaking hands, I just don’t like touching things. People give me a hard time for not being a dog lover or an animal person. It’s not that I don’t like them, I just don’t enjoy touching them.”

I asked him if he shakes hands or goes with the Howie Mandel fist bump.

“I will tough it out,” he said, “and then pull out some hand sanitizer when I have to. I carry it with me all the time.”

I asked how long it’s been the case. “It’s been awhile,” he said. “My teammates here have recently discovered it. I get a hard time, but I think they understand.”

They better. They'll have those quirks around the locker room and the road for another three years.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.20.2013 / 9:55 AM PT
Some of the Ducks took to Twitter to thank fans for the season. 




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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 6 5 8 6 13
R. Getzlaf 6 2 8 6 10
J. Silfverberg 6 2 5 6 7
R. Kesler 6 3 3 3 6
S. Vatanen 6 2 4 6 6
H. Lindholm 6 1 5 4 6
P. Maroon 6 2 2 4 4
A. Cogliano 6 1 3 4 4
C. Fowler 6 1 2 3 3
S. Despres 6 0 3 2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 6 0 0 .942 1.64

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