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Anaheim Ducks are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Since their inception, the Ducks have played their home games at the Honda Center.

The club was founded in 1993 by The Walt Disney Company as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, a name based on the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks. Disney sold the franchise in 2005 to Henry and Susan Samueli, who along with General Manager Brian Burke, changed the name of the team to the Anaheim Ducks before the 2006–07 season. The Ducks have made the playoffs 12 times and won five Pacific Division titles (2006–07, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, and 2015–16), two Western Conference championships (2002–03 and 2006–07) and one Stanley Cup (2006–07).

Anaheim Ducks -NHL hockey

Anaheim Ducks -NHL hockey

Anaheim Ducks — the 2010 third jersey was officially unveiled on November 26, 2010, against the Chicago Blackhawks, the day after Thanksgiving. The jersey features the webbed «D» on the chest with the recolored Mighty Ducks logo on each shoulder. It features striping similar to the regular uniforms, and orange is much more prominent as a secondary color. In June 2014, the third jersey was made as the Ducks’ primary home jersey, alongside a white one in the same style for away.[37]On October 16, 2015, the Ducks unveiled a brand new, orange third jersey when they went up against the Colorado Avalanche. This jersey brought back the old Mighty Ducks logo and features a black collar with the «Anaheim» wordmark on the left side, the webbed «D» logo on the shoulders, and unique stripes that goes along with the teams home socks.

The official mascot for the Anaheim Ducks is an anthropomorphized duck by the name of Wild Wing. He has been the team’s mascot since its inaugural season, and his name was chosen through fan voting. He wears a Ducks jersey with the number 93 on the back, referring to the year the Anaheim Ducks became an NHL team.

He regularly descends from the rafters of the arena when making his in-game entrances. In one such descent the rigging that lowered Wild Wing from the rafters malfunctioned leaving the mascot trapped fifty feet above the ice for several minutes. Another well known blunder occurred in October 1995 when Wild Wing, attempting to jump through a «wall of fire», accidentally tripped causing the mascot to land on the fire and set his costume ablaze.

His physical appearance is similar to the duck mask in the original Mighty Ducks logo. A bronze statue of Wild Wing was located outside the south doors of Honda Center from 1993 to 2012, until construction began on the ‘Grand Terrace’ addition to the arena. When construction was completed and the Grand Terrace opened in October 2013, the statue was noticeably absent.

The mascot’s name was also used for the leader of the Ducks, Wildwing Flashblade, in Disney’s Mighty Ducks cartoon series.

During the same time in which the team announced a name change as well as change in jersey designs, there was an attempt by the team’s owners to change or replace the mascot, Wild Wing, but was halted after a highly successful petition by fans.

The Mighty Ducks also used a secondary «mascot», a person (with no particular costume) called «The Iceman», during the team’s first game in 1993. «The Iceman» appeared occasionally in the stands, played an electric guitar, and attempted to liven up the crowd. However, «The Iceman» was poorly received by fans and was quickly eliminated. Read more Wikipedia