With the Anaheim Ducks getting off to their best start since they won it all in 2007, two players in particular deserve to be recognized for their outstanding on-ice performances. First, Corey Perry: once a Duck, always a Duckâ€”right-winger Perry has been with the team since starting his career in 2003 and continues to be a strong opposing force on the ice. His league leading 50 goals during the â€™10-â€™11 season puts him in with an elite class of players, while his hard work and dedication will likely help the Ducks down the stretch of this Read the rest of this entry »
There is a lot for Anaheim Ducks fans to be proud of. The team has earned a place in modern culture and has been featured in movies and cartoons across the world. The franchise is not going anywhere. This is because of the dedication of fans the world over.
Ducks in Social Media
Make sure to do your part to keep the Anaheim Ducks alive. Visit their social networking sites and take the time to â€˜followâ€™ and â€˜likeâ€™ their pages. This simple action will help them keep a presence in the media. There are also fan clubs and online hubs Read the rest of this entry »
For fans of the Anaheim Ducks, not only do you have a great sports team to cheer for on the ice, but they are a great organization which is always constantly giving back to the community and the fans, in every way possible, in order to show their graditude for the fans support. Whether they are holding a summer camp to teach the local children in clinics and hold games, or whether they are holding a fund raising event for a specific charity organization, Read the rest of this entry »
The ice comes alive as you feel the raw emotion and strength of the crowd and the game hasn’t even started yet. Being at an Anaheim Ducks game is like nothing you have ever experienced. With the best fans in the National Hockey League the Anaheim Ducks are ready to take all comers and as a fan you should be ready for an experience unrivaled by any other sporting event you have ever been to. You Read the rest of this entry »
In game six of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, the Ducks found themselves down three games to two and facing elimination. Paul Kariya, captain of the Ducks, was the victim of a vicious hit earlier in game six by Scott Stevens. Showing the heart of a champion and captain, Kariya returned to the game with a vengeance. With about 2:45 left in the second period, Kariya pounced on a puck around center ice with some room to skate. Displaying his quick skating ability, he sharply moved Read the rest of this entry »
Satellite TV service from http://www.direct.tv/ gives you access to great NHL games throughout the season. If you were watching one particular game in March 2011, you might have seen a special event.
Tommy Conforti is just like many other children. Tommy is from Florence, Italy, where he loved to play soccer, loved surfing, was a great student getting straight A’s and has recently learned to play ballads on an acoustic guitar. However, Tommy has a huge difference. He has leukemia which is robbing him of his eyesight, causing him a lot of pain, and may in the end take his life.
However, none of that mattered on Monday, March 14, 2011 as he got to be the hero in the Duck’s losing effort against the Vancouver Canucks. That night Tommy got to attend his first hockey match and was treated like a king for the night. He got to drop the puck, ride the Zamboni and visit the locker room after the game.
For five years now the team has been huge supporters of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. In the past they have raised 400,000 for the hospital. 45 of the 75 players have made visits to the hospital. Many of the players visit the hospital on their own time, without any cameras rolling. The players are not the only ones that get involved. Their wives do, too. For the last five years they have held a fashion show each year, which has turned into a very popular community event.
With less than two thirds of the season left to play, most divisions seem to fall into at least some semblance of top to bottom order with a substantial chunk of schedule now in the rear view mirror. The exception? The Pacific Division of the Western Conference. Of the 5 teams termed “Pacific,” though Dallas and Phoenix might rightly maintain geographic gripes, all 5 teams look potent enough at this juncture to finish first, thus equally in danger of a last place result.Taking a look around the league, at least one team in every other division has gone belly-up or lightning speed forward through the early slate of games. With confidence it can be determined the neither the New York Islanders nor the New Jersey Devils (surprising, this early at least) will win the Atlantic, the Leafs and Senators are extreme long shots at best in the Northeast, the Panthers and Canes can call it a year in the Southeast, Detroit is comfortably atop the Central, and the Oilers seem to have tragically spilled all over the Northwest. Meanwhile, the Ducks, Stars, Kings, Sharks and Coyotes, while they may not blow away any onlookers in the win column, have put together remarkably solid seasons from top to bottom. Read the rest of this entry »
With good friend and long time teammate Teemu Selanne re-upping with Anaheim for one more season, rumor has it Paul Kariya is seriously considering making his own prodigal return to Anaheim. Kariya, who first played for the Ducks in 1994-95, spent his first 9 NHL season in Anaheim, during 7 of which he served as the team’s captain. In 2004, Kariya promised to bring a Stanley Cup to Anaheim, though he has yet to play a game with Ducks since making the proclamation. At the end of his 9 year tenure in Anaheim, Kariya and former GM Byran Murray allegedly reached a verbal agreement in which Kariya would take a pay cut in order for more high-caliber acquisitions to help the team better chase the Cup. However, during the ensuing off-season, Kariya chose to sign with the Colorado Avalanche, who also signed Selanne, re-uniting the friends and line mates for the first time since 2000-2001. Read the rest of this entry »
Already among the Ducks’ all-time greats, if not NHL greats, right winger Teemu Selanne is set to return to Anaheim for one more season. Selanne, who suffered through multiple injuries last season while still managing to produce 27 goals, was though by many pundits to on his way out of the league. Selanne began his NHL playing days in 1992, originally drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1988, and now looks to expand his prolific career into yet another decade. Now 40 years old, Selanne has been surprisingly productive as an elder statesman for the Ducks. Since his second go round with Anaheim began following the 2005-2005 lockout, Selanne has scored 27 goals in 4 of 5 seasons, reaching the 90 point plateau (combined goals and assists) in each of the first two seasons. Though he has played in limited contests over the past 3 seasons, when on the ice, Selanne still provides valuable contributions to the Ducks squad, and even when kept off the ice, his leadership and veteran savvy in the clubhouse is invaluable. Read the rest of this entry »
Contrary to popular belief, the NHL Entry Draft continues well beyond one round each and every June. To be exact, the 1st round completes only 1/7th of the total action to be had on draft night, with many current and past NHL stars hearing their name called long after Round 1 has come to a close. In total, the Anaheim Ducks walked away with an 8 man class from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, only two of which were first round selections. Here’s a look at the Ducks final 6 picks of the night, all of whom hope to make a meaningful impact to the franchise over the course of their budding careers.Round 2Pick 12: Devante Smith-Pelly, Right Wing, Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL) In his second year with Mississauga St. Michael’s, Smith-Pelly took a major step forward, netting 16 additional goals and 21 additional assists, bringing his year end totals to 29 and 33 respectively, while more than doubling his total point output from 25 in year 1 to 62 in year 2. Read the rest of this entry »