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

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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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  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

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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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