Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Team History
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.
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.
The history of the Anaheim Ducks begins when the team joined the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1993 as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Founded as an expansion team in 1993 along with the Florida Panthers, the Ducks were originally owned by the The Walt Disney Company, who named the franchise after their film The Mighty Ducks. Since their inception, the team plays at the Honda Center (formerly known as the Arrowhead Pond), located in Anaheim, California close to both Disneyland and Angel Stadium.
1993 – Present National Hockey League
2006 – Present Anaheim Ducks
1993 – 2005 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
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.
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2006 – 2007
2007 – Present Honda Center
1993 – 2006 Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
1993 Pond of Anaheim
1990 – 1993 Anaheim Arena
2005 – Present Henry and Susan Samueli
1993 – 2005 The Walt Disney Company
8 Teemu Selänne
99 Wayne Gretzky
1993 – Present Wildwing
*Blue is this team’s history