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A Mighty Anniversary

Tuesday, 10.02.2012 / 4:59 PM
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
A Mighty Anniversary
Chances are you didn't realize this, but today is the 20th anniversary of the opening of a Disney movie called The Mighty Ducks, which was released to audiences on October 2, 1992.

Chances are you DO know this, that the Disney movie -- starring Emilio Estevez as "a self-centered lawyer sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team" -- spawned two sequels, an animated series and of course led to the creation of the Disney-owned Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. (Here's some trivia: In the UK and Australia, the film was titled Champions. UK video/DVD releases are now titled The Mighty Ducks Are the Champions)

While the movie got less-than-stellar reviews and grossed $50 million at the box office, it still resonates 20 years later (although, I have to admit, I never saw it myself).

The team was purchased from the Walt Disney Co. by Henry and Susan Samueli in 2007, the home arena was eventually changed from The Pond to Honda Center and the logo and team colors were also changed. Yet the spirit of the old Mighty Ducks endures. That iconic duckbill-shaped goalie mask logo is displayed on a sleeve patch on the Ducks' popular third jersey, and you still see countless purple and jade jerseys at Honda Center. Most of all, the memories of that movie, and its effect on fans' love for the Ducks and the game hockey, lives on.

On the Ducks Facebook page, we asked fans to share what that movie meant to them, and here are some of the best responses.





































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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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