By: Matthew Rodriguez
“ A team isn't a bunch of kids out to win. A team is something you belong to, something you feel, something you have to earn. “
- Gordon Bombay from The Mighty Ducks (1992)
The Anaheim Ducks is a hockey team founded in 1993, and since then, they have been one of the NHL’s elite teams. The Ducks could also be the best hockey team in California, according to fan bias and statistics. Before the Ducks were an official hockey team, the idea started as a movie, called “The Mighty Ducks” which was made by Disney. The Mighty Ducks starring Emilio Estevez, was about a former hockey player named Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) coaching a kids hockey team for community service after being arrested. This movie gave Disney a chance start Anaheim Ducks, which is now owned by Samueli Academy contributor Henry Samueli (P.S. it is in the name.) History has gone by and shaped what is now the 2017 Anaheim Ducks. Here is the story…
As the Ducks were founded in 1993, it was their first season on NHL ice. Back then, when Disney owned the team, they were called The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, which makes sense because of the movie (Thanks Emilio Estevez.) For an Expansion team, they did really good. They had a record of 33–46–5, which set a NHL Record for most wins by an expansion team. They were 11 points shy of a playoff berth, but they strongly let a statement that the Ducks are truly mighty.
The Ducks first played on October 8. 1993 at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, which would soon turn into the Honda Center. The Ducks also started out with great coaches to give experience to their new players. The Mighty Ducks hired Jack Ferreira as their first General Manager. Pierre Gauthier became his assistant. Gauthier had been a former goalie for Boston University and had considerable scouting experience with the New England Whalers, Calgary Flames and New York Rangers.
Their first logo had a familiar and look like the logo for a team Gordon Bombay used to coach.
2007: The Year of the Duck
2007 brought a year of joy to Anaheim as they were a city of champions. The Ducks broke a lot of records during their 2007 campaign, and they also won the Stanley Cup. The team came out of the gate to set an NHL record by earning at least one point in each of their first 16 games, a streak which ended exactly five weeks after their first game. They went 12–0–4 (28 points) before they lost their first regulation game of the year, a 3–0 shutout to the Calgary Flames, on November 10, 2006.
The Anaheim Ducks ended the 2006–07 regular season as the Western Conference's second seed, though they finished tied in points with the West-leading Nashville Predators, with 110 points. The Predators, however, had three more wins, but the Ducks nonetheless earned the second seed as winners of the Pacific Division. The Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild in the first round, four games to one. In the second round, the Ducks defeated the Vancouver Canucks by the same four games to one result. In the Conference Final, the Ducks defeated the Detroit Red Wings four games to two to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in franchise history. In the Final, the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators four games to one to claim the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship.
The City of Anaheim were Champions once again, the last time a team in Anaheim won a championship was the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB) in 2002. The Ducks sure needed a ring as they would always be one of the NHL’s elite teams in the past decade. They also had another achievement at the end of the season. They met the President of the United States at the time, George W. Bush.
Henry Samueli is the current owner of the Anaheim Ducks, and he has contributed a lot to this organization. He is an American businessman, engineer, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Broadcom and a philanthropist in the Orange County community. In June 2005, he and his wife Susan Samueli bought the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from Disney for $75 million. The deal also included Arena Management, which changed the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim to the Honda Center. In 2006, Samueli announced he was changing the team's name to the Anaheim Ducks and the arena's name to the Honda Center. The Ducks were reportedly worth $188 million in 2011. Under the ownership of Samueli and his wife Susan, the Ducks won the 2007 Stanley Cup championship.The Ducks have accomplished many achievements under Samuel's ownership in both the league and in a business standpoint. You can say that Henry Samueli is a great owner.
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