November 7, 2000 |
The Mighty Ducks' locker room is filled with people from Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Belarus. And the United States. But mostly these hockey players are from somewhere else and they will not be voting today in the U.S. election. So as a public service, and to take their minds off a certain dispiriting trip against two bad teams that resulted in one lousy point, the question was posed to some Mighty Ducks Monday: What do you think about our presidential candidates?
January 12, 2003 |
High on the priority list for first-year Coach Mike Babcock was to turn the Arrowhead Pond into a true home-ice advantage again for the Mighty Ducks. Midway into the season, Babcock has reached his goal with the Ducks owning a 9-6-5 record heading into tonight's game against St. Louis. The key to the Ducks' positive home record has been their ability to take advantage of 5 p.m. games on Sundays.
October 14, 2004 |
The NHL season was supposed to open Wednesday, yet there's no Kings, no Mighty Ducks. No pucks? Hockey-hungry fans in Southern California will have other ways to satisfy their cravings during the lockout besides watching FSN's telecasts of the 10 most memorable games in Ducks history or rummaging through the garage for a tape of the "Miracle on Manchester."
April 7, 1995 |
Denny Lambert was getting ready to play his 278th game as a San Diego Gull when Coach Walt Kyle asked to see him Tuesday morning. The Mighty Ducks were calling him up to the NHL. "I didn't actually believe it," Lambert said. "Walt jokes a lot. I thought he was pulling my leg. He called me in and I thought we were going to watch video. He said, 'They're calling you up,' and I said, 'OK, right, ' and he said, 'No, I'm serious.' I said, 'Holy jeez. Wow.' I've been waiting a long time."
May 5, 2006 |
Scott Niedermayer leaned over the boards while sitting on the Mighty Ducks' bench Wednesday night. Jeff Friesen had scored an empty-net goal seconds before to cap a 3-0 victory over Calgary that pushed the Ducks into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. On the bench, players were celebrating. Not Niedermayer, who had a look of an adult trying to remember how to do algebra. "I was happy," Niedermayer said Thursday, smiling. "That's just my makeup. I don't get too excited either way.
February 15, 1994 |
From the last row near the rafters in Anaheim Arena down to the seats on the glass at ice level, thousands of voices join together to shout at the Mighty Ducks' goaltender in a roaring chorus. "G-e-e-e-e-e-k!" At least that's the way his name used to sound to Guy Hebert's Little League baseball teammates growing up in Troy, N.Y. The boys who knew Hebert from hockey put the Lafleur touch on the name of a kid whose mom had named him Guy, as in Lombardo.
March 8, 2001 |
There would be no final cheers for Guy Hebert from thousands of fans Wednesday at the Arrowhead Pond. No final salute to the crowd with his stick raised high in thanks. Certainly no parade at Disneyland. Hebert arrived at the Pond about noon as the newest member of the New York Rangers. He had only a few minutes to collect his gear, shake a few hands and say a bittersweet goodbye to the franchise he helped start.
December 24, 1999 |
Goaltender Guy Hebert did not practice Thursday, but instead had treatments for the neck spasms that forced him from the Ducks' 8-2 loss Wednesday to the Phoenix Coyotes. Hebert hasn't ruled out playing in Sunday's game against the Sharks at San Jose. But the Ducks are taking no chances and recalled goaltender Gregg Naumenko from Cincinnati of the American Hockey League.
December 8, 1999 |
Blame it on T.K. After all, he's the role model for his five children. Naturally, it would be his fault. T.K., short for Tetsuhiko Kariya, played rugby at the University of British Columbia, for club teams and for Canada in international competitions. It's difficult to imagine him not getting crunched by bigger players in the often violent scrums. As a young man, T.K. was fast and shrewd and, well, nobody really could catch him.
February 22, 2004 |
The remolding of the Mighty Ducks -- or is that retrofitting? -- continued Saturday as they acquired offensive-minded defenseman Martin Skoula from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for steady defenseman Kurt Sauer. Also included in the deal is the Ducks' fourth-round choice in the 2005 NHL entry draft. The Ducks were looking for more offensive punch from the blue line, someone (other than the injured Sandis Ozolinsh) with the puck-movement skills to get it ahead to their forwards.