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

Sunday, 08.18.2013 / 5:35 PM PT / 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’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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 52 21 17 -3 38
R. Getzlaf 48 5 33 9 38
R. Rakell 49 13 15 -2 28
R. Kesler 52 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 52 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 46 8 9 2 17
J. Silfverberg 52 6 11 -2 17
A. Cogliano 52 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 51 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 39 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 5 .920 2.27
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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