Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim  

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Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Team Formation

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were founded in 1993 by The Walt Disney Company. The franchise was awarded by the NHL on December 1992, along with the rights to a Miami team that would become the Florida Panthers. An entrance fee of $50 million was required, half of which Disney would pay directly to the Los Angeles Kings in order to share Southern California. On March 1, 1993 at the brand-new Anaheim Arena located a short distance east of Disneyland and across the Orange Freeway from Angel Stadium the team got its name, inspired by the 1992 Disney movie The Mighty Ducks, based on a group of misfit kids who turn their losing youth hockey team into a winning team. Disney president Michael Eisner had already said on the December press conference that the film's success served as "our market research." As a result of the baptism, the arena was named "The Pond", and Disney subsequently made an animated series called Mighty Ducks, featuring a fictional Mighty Ducks of Anaheim team that consisted of anthropomorphized ducks led by the Mighty Duck Wildwing.

No More Disney

During the summer of 2004, as the NHL and the NHL Players Association's labor dispute was headed towards a long lockout, Disney tried to sell the team but received a low offer of $40-million US, less than the franchise's original price. In 2005, Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli of Irvine, California, and his wife, Susan, bought the Mighty Ducks from The Walt Disney Company for a reported $75 million (USD). The Samuelis pledged to keep the team in Anaheim. With Disney no longer owning the team, they could not make any more films with the "Mighty Ducks" name until the hockey team changed its name. Brian Burke, former Vancouver Canucks General Manager and President, was appointed GM and Executive Vice-President of the Mighty Ducks on June 20, 2005.

New Logo

Before the 2006–07 season, the Ducks adopted a completely new look to go along with their new name; their team colors became black, gold and orange, and the logo of a duck-shaped goalie mask was dropped in favor of the word "Ducks," with a webbed foot in place of the "D."

Anaheim Ducks

On January 27, 2006, Samueli announced that the team would be renamed as simply the "Anaheim Ducks" as of the following season. The change became official on June 22. The Ducks were reportedly worth $188 million in 2011.

Stanley Cup Winners

Stanley Cup - 2007
The 2007 Stanley Cup Final was the best-of-seven championship series of the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs contested between the Western Conference champion Anaheim Ducks and the Eastern Conference champion Ottawa Senators. It was the second appearance in the Final for Anaheim since 2003 (then known as the Mighty Ducks) when they lost to the New Jersey Devils. It was the first appearance for the Senators since entering the NHL as an expansion team in 1992. Anaheim defeated Ottawa in five games and were awarded their first Stanley Cup becoming the eleventh post-1967 expansion team to win the NHL championship trophy.

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Team Information Team History


Mighty Ducks - After Disney had a monster movie hit in 1992 with The Mighty Ducks starring Emilio Estevez, the NHL looked to capitalize on the popularity by awarding a franchise to Disney in 1993. The club was called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim complete with the same logo from the film.

Honda Center
2007 - present
  • Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
  • 1993 - 2006
  • Pond of Anaheim
  • 1993
  • Anaheim Arena
  • 1990 - 1993

Henry and Susan Samueli
2005 - present
The Walt Disney Company
1993 - 2005

Established: 1993

League History:
National Hockey League
1993 - present

Team History:
Anaheim Ducks
2006 - present
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
1993 - 2005

Stanley Cups: 1
2006 - 2007

Retired Numbers:
8 Teemu Selänne
99 Wayne Gretzky

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