Ducks Skate on Rideau Canal in Ottawa

Monday, 01.16.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / 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 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 74 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 62 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 77 19 27 -4 46
S. Vatanen 62 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 76 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 68 9 25 -3 34
C. Fowler 75 7 27 5 34
J. Wisniewski 65 8 25 -14 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65


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