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Die Hards Indeed

Monday, 04.02.2012 / 12:42 PM
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
Die Hards Indeed

The name bestowed upon the Ducks booster club -- Die Hards -- has never been more appropriate than it was over the weekend.

A group of about 50 of them took an overnight trip to Glendale to watch the Ducks play the Coyotes on Saturday night, and I was lucky enough to tag along with some other staff members from our Fan Development department.

Only for a bus trip to Phoenix could I justify waking up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday, but there I was joining everyone else in the morning light at Honda Center to start the six-hour bus ride. And it was a ride made a little more palatable by the events planned by the FD guys, including Ducks trivia for prizes and a playing of the always-welcome 2007 Stanley Cup Champions DVD.

Once in Phoenix, we enjoyed pretty much everything but the final result of the game, a 4-0 loss in which the Ducks couldn't get any of their 44 shots past goalie Mike Smith. Before going into the arena, we were treated to a tailgate with a few passionate Coyotes fans, one of which had a sweet pair of tattoos on his calves (see below). After the game, all of the Die Hards were brought down to an area near the locker rooms, where they were able to see the Ducks on their way to the bus. Teemu Selanne and Bruce Boudreau were among the Ducks nice enough to stop and chat for a couple minutes and pose for pictures before heading out of town. Even Senator John McCain, who attended the game and visited the Coyotes locker room afterwards, stopped to say hello. (I posed for a picture with him, but my buddy's phone died right as he snapped the shot.)

That was followed by some postgame merriment in the Westgate bars and restaurants that surround the arena, then another six-hour trip back to Anaheim the next morning. Once there, the obvious thing to do was take in another Ducks game, as each member of the club got tickets to that night's home finale against the Oilers.

All in all, a great (though quick) trip and a great group of fans. Can't wait to do it all again next year.

A few photos from the trip:


An enthusiastic group at the start of the bus ride to Glendale.


Couldn't believe how many Ducks fans were in this Chester Fried/Taco Bell Express. What a coincidence!



Staffer Jason Cooper expertly hosting Ducks trivia.



"Coop" in front of our Glendale home for the night.



This guy loves his Yotes.


Our group at Jobing.com Arena, with the popular "Uncle Jody" in the foreground.



This t-shirt was shot from a cannon and fell into my lap. Power Players (and Die Hards members)
Erin and Fiona pose with it before giving it to a Coyotes fan.



Teemu poses with the Die Hards after the game.


Slightly less enthusiastic on the bus ride home.



Home sweet home.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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