Hit the ice with the Mighty Ducks! They're half human, half ducks and ALL wicked cool hockey players. They've travelled across the galaxy to save the Earth from the wicked Dragaunus and his nasty henchmen. Go Mighty Ducks!
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Mighty Ducks - History of the Anaheim Ducks - Netflix
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 Walt Disney Company, which named the franchise after its film The Mighty Ducks. Since their inception, the team has played at the Honda Center (formerly known as the Arrowhead Pond), located in Anaheim, California, close to both Disneyland and Angel Stadium. After initially struggling in their first two seasons, the Mighty Ducks improved under the leadership of center Paul Kariya, who led the team to their first two Stanley Cup playoffs appearances in 1997 and 1999 while forming a potent line with Teemu Selanne, and later rode the strong goaltending of Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a Cinderella run to the franchise's first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2003, losing to the New Jersey Devils in seven games. Once Disney sold the franchise in 2005 to Henry and Susan Samueli, the team's name was changed to the Anaheim Ducks before the 2006–07 season, where the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in five games over the Ottawa Senators. The Ducks have missed the playoffs only twice since then.
Mighty Ducks - Taste of success - Netflix
On February 7, 1996, the Mighty Ducks made a blockbuster deal with the Winnipeg Jets, sending Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky and a third-round draft pick to the Jets in exchange for Marc Chouinard, a fourth-round draft pick and, most notably, star right winger Teemu Selanne. Following the trade, Ducks centre Steve Rucchin commented, “Paul [Kariya] had a lot of pressure on him... He singlehandedly won some games for us this year... Now that we have Teemu, there's no way everybody can just key on Paul.” These three players formed one of the most potent lines of their time. Although the trade proved to be an important effort in the team, they still finished short of the playoffs, losing the eight spot in the West to the Jets based on the number of wins. During the 1996–97 season, Kariya became team captain following Randy Ladouceur's retirement in the off-season, and led the Ducks to their first post-season appearance, after recording the franchise's first winning record of 36–33–13, good enough for home ice in first-round playoff series as the number four seed against the Phoenix Coyotes. Selanne ended the season second in the NHL with 109 points—which remains a team record—while Kariya ended the season third with 99 points. The Ducks won the first two games at home but then lost the next three. Game 6 went to overtime, where Kariya tied the series with a slapshot that beat goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. The Mighty Ducks went on to win Game 7 at home to win their inaugural playoff series. However, Anaheim was swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in the second round. Despite the four-game sweep, all four games were closely contested in the series; three went into overtime, including one that went into double overtime and one went into triple overtime. The 1997–98 season was the worst in Mighty Ducks history as the team finished with a disappointing 26–43–13 record. Kariya was injured and Selanne provided the only real source of offense for the Ducks. Despite the team's lack of success, Selanne finished the season tied for first in the NHL in goals with 52, still a team record, and eighth in the NHL in points with 86. The 1998–99 season was a marked improvement for the Mighty Ducks, as Kariya was once again healthy and the team was a strong contender for the 1999 playoffs. Late in the season, Anaheim had the chance to face Phoenix, a team they played well against that season, in the first round due to Phoenix holding fourth seed and the Mighty Ducks holding fifth. However, a late-season cold streak dropped the Ducks to sixth, matching them up with third-seeded Detroit, whom they did not play well against. Selanne won the inaugural Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy—awarded to the individual with the most goals in the NHL–after scoring 47. Additionally, Kariya ended the season third in the NHL with 62 assists, while Selanne placed fourth, with 60. Selanne finished the season second in the NHL with 107 points with Kariya following in third with 101 points. However, the Mighty Ducks were again swept by the Red Wings, this time in a more convincing manner than in 1997, ending with a 3–0 loss on home ice. Once again the Mighty Ducks regressed during the 1999–2000 season, finishing with a mediocre 34–33–12–3 record (83 points), putting them in last place in the Pacific. They missed the playoffs by four points, as the rival San Jose Sharks took eighth place that year with 87 points. Despite this, the Mighty Ducks scored more goals than the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars. Kariya finished fourth in the NHL in goals, with 42, while Selanne seventh in assists, with 52. Points-wise, Kariya and Selanne finished fourth (86) and fifth (85), respectively. During the subsequent off-season, the Mighty Ducks made a trade that paid major dividends in later years—the team sent a second-round draft pick to the Calgary Flames in exchange for goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The 2000–01 season saw Anaheim finish last in the Division with a 25–41–11–5 record (66 points). Late in the season, on March 5, 2001, fan-favorite and prolific scorer Teemu Selanne was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jeff Friesen, Steve Shields and a second-round draft pick. During the 2001–02 season, the Mighty Ducks once again finished last in the Pacific Division after posting a 29–42–8–3 record for 69 points. During the off-season, the team signed unrestricted free agent Adam Oates, also trading Jeff Friesen and Oleg Tverdovsky to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Petr Sykora, Mike Commodore and Jean-Francois Damphousse. The trade later became valuable for both teams.
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