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Ducks Rank Highly in ESPN The Magazine “Ultimate Standings” Franchise Issue

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 4:07 PM / News
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Ducks Rank Highly in ESPN The Magazine \u201CUltimate Standings\u201D Franchise Issue
The Ducks ranked No. 2 in the NHL and No. 8 in all of professional sports (all 122 teams in the NHL\/NFL\/MLB\/NBA) in this year\u2019s ESPN The Magazine \u201CUltimate Standings\u201D Franchise Issue. The poll is based primarily on a national fan survey with respect to all facets of the organization.
The Ducks ranked No. 2 in the NHL and No. 8 in all of professional sports (all 122 teams in the NHL/NFL/MLB/NBA) in this year’s ESPN The Magazine “Ultimate Standings” Franchise Issue. The poll is based primarily on a national fan survey with respect to all facets of the organization.  

This marks the third time since 2007 the Ducks have been No. 1 or No. 2 in the NHL AND in the top eight in all of pro sports. Anaheim has been in the top eight of the NHL and the top 23 in all of pro sports in six of the last seven years. 

The Ducks ranked No. 1 in the NHL and No. 6 in pro sports in “Bang for the Buck,” which measures whether fans are getting their money’s worth.

Below is the ESPN The Magazine report:

No. 8: Anaheim Ducks
Last year's rank: 37
Title track: 17
Ownership: 13
Coaching: 34
Players: 37
Fan relations: 24
Affordability: 26
Stadium Experience 40
Bang for the Buck 6

Here's how you get the season off to a good start: offer free hot dogs and soda to every fan who shows up to watch the first day of training camp. Then when practice is over, have the head coach field questions from the audience. That's how the Ducks engendered some positivity on the first day after the frustrating lockout. And once the season began, the Ducks performed well, winning the Pacific Division before a disappointing first-round exit from the playoffs. All of which contributed to the Ducks' coming agonizingly close to winning the "Stanley Cup of franchise rankings," only to be narrowly edged out by the Penguins. Considering Pittsburgh boasts arguably the two best players in the league, that's an impressive feat.

The Ducks -- No. 1 among hockey teams in the bang for the buck category -- are always thinking about entertaining their fans. When Teemu Selanne recently announced he was returning for a 21st season, the Ducks didn't simply send out a press release and go through the standard protocol. Rather, they posted a YouTube video of him struggling on the golf course, then deciding that he wasn't quite ready to hang up the skates. We're waiting to find out what refreshments will be offered to fans who show up to watch him participate in his final training camp.


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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 48 15 35 10 50
R. Kesler 49 13 19 -2 32
C. Perry 34 19 12 15 31
S. Vatanen 49 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 48 19 7 12 26
P. Maroon 41 6 18 2 24
C. Fowler 48 5 18 4 23
H. Lindholm 48 5 16 13 21
J. Silfverberg 49 6 13 2 19
K. Palmieri 25 10 6 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.22
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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