Ducks Skate on Rideau Canal in Ottawa

Tuesday, 01.17.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ducks Skate on Rideau Canal in Ottawa

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Mighty Ducks players, coaches and staff made a historic appearance on Ottawa’s famous Rideau Canal. The longest outdoor skating rink in the World, the Ducks were believed to be the first NHL team outside of the Senators to hold a scrimmage on the canal. The canal (five miles long) only opens for public skating when the ice is several feet thick and temperatures remain below zero Celsius.

The Ducks gathered at the team hotel and split into two teams, before boarding the bus and heading to the canal. Players were surprised to find 500+ fans and hordes of media waiting for the team upon their arrival, some fans apparently sneaking out of work on a weekday afternoon, where temperatures fell to minus 10 degrees Celsius.

“I thought it would just be us out here,” said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer.

Thanks to the National Capitol Commission of Canada (NCC), a makeshift rink had been setup and roped-off privately for the team. Fans and a packed media contingent gathered around the ice surface as the players dressed in winter gear and pulled out tennis balls to play a game of “shinny,” with the Parliament Building serving as a picturesque backdrop.

“This is the root of the game of hockey,” said head coach Randy Carlyle, who skated a regular shift in the game. “It’s a day to bond as a team and have some fun.”

Teemu Selanne and Todd Marchant coached the two teams, with assistant coach Newell Brown and Massage Therapist James Partida playing goaltender. J.S. Giguere even scored a goal playing forward.

“I had a bunch of chances and finally got one,” Giguere said enthusiastically.

At the end of the 45-minute scrimmage, the Ducks gathered for a team photo and thanked the fans in attendance with a lap around the configured rink.

“A great team-bonding day, hopefully it carries over to the Ottawa game Thursday,” said Teemu Selanne (Anaheim beat the Senators 4-3 two days later). “Our goalie (Newell Brown) was the MVP, but our shifts were too long,” he quipped.

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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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