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We Asked the Ducks: What Memories Do You Have From Your First NHL Game?

Monday, 08.13.2012 / 5:22 PM / News
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We Asked the Ducks: What Memories Do You Have From Your First NHL Game?
From the pages of Ducks Digest during the 2011-12 season, here is a look at what several players remember from their first NHL game.

Ryan Getzlaf (Oct. 5, 2005)
My first game was in Chicago. It was a lot of fun and a little nerve-wrecking at the start. It didn’t take long to settle in. Overall, it was pretty exciting day and we won.






Bobby Ryan (Sept. 29, 2007)
It was at the O2 Arena in London. The game was incredible and I scored my first goal. The fans were great. It was against the Kings, so those are always good rivalry games.






Jonas Hiller (Sept. 30, 2007)
It was the second game in London and we won 4-1. At that time, I was just focusing in on playing well. A lot of people back home in Switzerland were able to see it on TV. My family was at the game. I was a big dream of mine when I was kid.





Luca Sbisa (Oct. 11, 2008)
I was 18 years old and with the Flyers. We played the New York Rangers at home in Philadelphia. My family was in town. My former billets from junior hockey were there. It was a really special moment because I wasn’t expected at all to make the team. I remember that day pretty good. I was really nervous in the morning and afternoon. But at the game, things slowed a bit. It gave me big shivers standing in the tunnel. It was the home opener too, so that gave me an extra kick. It was something I will never forget.



Matt Beleskey (Jan. 9, 2009)
I was playing in Iowa and I did the pre-game skate there. Then, I got the call just after I had eaten lunch. I flew here and got an escort to Honda Center. I showed up after the warm-up. I had a banana and a PowerBar and out I went for a game against Tampa Bay. It was a great story for a first game and a fun experience.




Brandon McMillan (Nov. 21, 2010)
We played Edmonton and I didn’t really nap because I was so excited to play. I had a really good chance to score in my first shift. I got to play with Getzlaf and Perry for the first period. I had a really good experience. The guys helped out so much in calming me down and telling me to play my game.  





Devante Smith-Pelly (Oct. 7, 2011)
It was real nerve-wrecking and a lot different than the preseason games that I played in before. Not many people get to play their first game overseas. Once you get into the game, it’s amazing. It was a great experience.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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