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Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Founded 1992
Home ice Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
Based in Anaheim
Colors Jade green and maroon
League National Hockey League
Head coach Mike Babcock
General manager Brian Burke
Owner Henry Samueli

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are a National Hockey League team based in Anaheim, California. They were founded in 1992, with their home arena at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim ("The Pond"). Their uniform colors are maroon and jade green, and feature a hockey mask forming a duck's beak, in front of two crossed hockey sticks.

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Franchise history

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When founded in 1992, the Mighty Ducks were owned by The Walt Disney Company. The team's name was chosen from the Disney movie The Mighty Ducks (much to the disdain of many traditionalists), about a group of misfit teens who form an amateur hockey team. Disney has subsequently also made an animated television series called Mighty Ducks, featuring a fictional Mighty Ducks of Anaheim team that consists of actual (albeit anthropomorphized) ducks.

With their first draft pick, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim selected Paul Kariya 4th overall in Round 1 of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Kariya would become the cornerstone of young Mighty Ducks franchise, the team captain, and would nearly lead them to Stanley Cup glory in 2003 before his departure for the Colorado Avalanche.

In 1997, the Mighty Ducks made their first playoff appearance and defeated the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games in the Western Conference quarterfinals. However, they lost in the semifinals to the Detroit Red Wings.

Their best playoff performance in franchise history was during the 2003-2004 season which saw the Ducks come within one game of the Stanley Cup. They swept defending Stanley Cup champs the Detroit Red Wings, beat the Dallas Stars in the quarterfinals, defeated the Minnesota Wild in the Conference Finals, and finally fell to the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals in 7 games. For his heroics which had kept Anaheim in the playoffs many times, goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy as most-valuable-player of the playoffs.

During the following season with the NHL CBA in its final year and as the National Hockey League labor dispute (2004) loomed, the Mighty Ducks were plagued with low attending figures despite their magical playoff run the year before and failed to make the playoffs. During summer 2004, as the NHL and the NHLPA were seemingly headed towards a lockout, Disney tried to sell the team but recieved a low offer of $40 million (USD), less than the franchise's original worth. Several quotes from several well-paid Mighty Ducks players in the press that stated that the Ducks were a safe franchise were seen as completely out of touch with the NHL economic situation and the precarious situation of the Ducks club.

In 2005, Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli of Irvine, California bought the Ducks from the Disney for a reported $75 million (USD). Samueli has pledged not to move the team from Anaheim. Brian Burke, former Vancouver Canucks General Manager and President, was appointed General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Mighty Ducks on June 20, 2005.

Season-by-season

Year GP W L T OL GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs
1993-94 84 33 46 5 - 229 251 71 4th Pacific Out of Playoffs
1994-95 48 16 27 5 - 125 164 37 6th Pacific Out of Playoffs
1995-96 82 35 39 8 - 234 247 78 4th Pacific Out of Playoffs
1996-97 82 36 33 13 - 243 233 85 2nd Pacific Lost Conference Semi-Final (DET)
1997-98 82 26 43 13 - 205 261 65 6th Pacific Out of Playoffs
1998-99 82 35 34 13 - 215 206 83 3rd Pacific Lost Conference Quarter-Final (DET)
1999-00 82 34 33 12 3 217 227 83 5th Pacific Out of Playoffs
2000-01 82 25 41 11 5 188 245 66 5th Pacific Out of Playoffs
2001-02 82 29 42 8 3 175 198 69 5th Pacific Out of Playoffs
2002-03 82 40 27 9 6 203 193 95 2nd Pacific Lost Stanley Cup Finals (NJ)
2003-04 82 29 35 10 8 184 213 76 4th Pacific Out of Playoffs

Players

Current Squad

As of 27 March 2005

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Hall of Famers

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Current stars

Not to be forgotten

Retired Numbers

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National Hockey League
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Trophies and Awards: Stanley Cup | Prince of Wales | Clarence S. Campbell | Presidents' Trophy | Art Ross | Bill Masterton | Calder | Conn Smythe | Hart | Norris | King Clancy | Lady Byng | Lester B. Pearson Award | Rocket Richard | Plus/Minus | Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award | Jennings | Vezina
Related Articles: AHL | ECHL | WHA | World Cup

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