Ducks Fan Cruise

Friday, 07.20.2007 / 5:50 PM PT / Features
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Ducks Fan Cruise

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By Brian Hayward, Ducks TV Analyst and Fan Cruise Participant

The inaugural Ducks-Honda Fan Cruise was an unqualified success. About 140 people (fans, team executives, Honda reps, and players Todd Marchant, Chris Pronger, and George Parros) set sail aboard Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Liberty of the Seas July 7th for a week of fun in the Caribbean. Simply put, the week easily exceeded my expectations and that seemed to be the prevailing sentiment from the many fans I spoke with. 

We knew going into the voyage that Liberty of the Seas was the biggest cruise ship in the world.  As a frame of reference, her captain pointed out to us that you could fit four Titanics inside this ship. It is an incredible 4 football fields long.  The massive size made for a very smooth ride (despite 15 foot swells early on). 

The ship stopped in three ports (San Juan Puerto Rico, St.Maarten, and Labadee, Haiti).  St. Maarten was my favorite stop.  My daughter had asked to go on the “Swim with the Dolphins” off-shore excursion at the neighboring island of Anguilla.  Anguilla was a 45-minute ocean journey away from the cruise ship.  Along with Ducks CMO Bob Wagner and his daughter Amanda, my family arrived at the ‘Dolphin’ facility and we spent about 40 minutes in the pool interacting with the dolphins (which was pretty cool), but the highlight had to be the hour spent on the adjacent beach following lunch.  Simply put, it was the most beautiful, pristine beach I have ever seen in my life. The sand was pure white and of a very fine consistency (so white in fact that it was comfortable to walk barefoot on despite blazing sun). The water was crystal clear and was a perfect temperature.  Anguilla was definitely impressive, and you and I might want to check out the Capjoluca resort on the island (our bus driver said it was rated the #1 resort in the Carribean; #2 in the entire world).  For you golfers, Capjoluca also boasts a Greg Norman designed golf course, Consider this a scouting mission by me.

We had a number of exclusive, organized events for the Ducks fans in attendance.  These included a Meet & Great (and autograph signing), a private skating party (yes, Liberty has its own skating rink) and a Q & A session with the players and team execs Brian Burke and Tim Ryan.  And, of course, in addition to these more formal events, many fans had the chance to dine with the Ducks entourage and their families. There also was a fair bit of co-mingling at the Casino or at the ever-popular Hoof & Claw English pub.   

Trust me, there was also plenty of celebration relating to the Stanley Cup.  Our broadcast and entertainment departments had produced an eight-minute video that highlighted the team’s incredible run to its first ever Cup, and we aired it at a couple of the exclusive fan events.  It was fun to watch not only the fans, but the players, react to this video. Quite honestly, it just never gets old re-living that experience. 

I have only one question regarding the Fan Cruise…. Where are we going next year?

 

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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 1 2 2 1 4
R. Getzlaf 1 1 2 2 3
S. Vatanen 1 1 2 0 3
P. Maroon 1 0 1 0 1
H. Lindholm 1 0 1 0 1
K. Palmieri 1 0 0 0 0
S. Despres 1 0 0 0 0
J. Silfverberg 1 0 0 0 0
R. Rakell 1 0 0 -1 0
R. Kesler 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 1 0 0 .926 2.00


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