Today in Hockey History: May 20

Today in Hockey History: May 20

May 20th, 2020 On this date, Mother Nature made her presence felt during one of the most memorable games in National Hockey League history. Also, there was plenty of overtime drama and some coaches that were in need of updating their resumes. Turn Off the Fog Machine The Buffalo Sabres hosted their...
Anaheim Ducks' 2020 Draft Targets: Lucas Raymond

Anaheim Ducks' 2020 Draft Targets: Lucas Raymond

May 17th, 2020 It's been over two months since the last time we were able to watch hockey, and we still have no idea when and if the season will return at all. However, there is one thing we can still do — speculate about who the Anaheim Ducks will select at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Before the season was...

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May 5th, 2020
Ducks History

May 5 has seen its fair share of milestones and big moments throughout the history of the National Hockey League. The league’s most successful franchise racked up more postseason victories, while playoff records were broken and some of the game’s all-time great players left their mark. Happy Times for the Habs When you’ve won the most Stanley Cups in NHL history, as the Montreal Canadiens have, you've won a lot of games during the month of May. On May 5, 1966, the Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, to win their second straight championship and 15th in franchise history. After the Red Wings won the first two games of the series in Montreal, the Canadiens won four straight contests to take home the Cup. Henri Richard entered Game 6 with zero goals in the 1966 playoffs, but that ended at the 2:20 mark of overtime. The game-winner was the one and only overtime goal in Richard’s career. Red Wings goaltender Roger Crozier won the Conn...
April 29th, 2020
Ducks History

Today was a big day for Game 7s in National Hockey League history with plenty of drama throughout the years. Since we cannot enjoy the drama and excitement of a Game 7 right now, let’s take a trip down memory lane. You’ve Got to Love Those Game 7s On April 29, 1978, Lanny McDonald struck in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals. The win was the first by a road team in the series as the home teams had won all six games up to that point. Claude Lemieux was one of the most clutch playoff performers in NHL history. It seemed that whenever his team needed a big goal, he was there to provide it. He started this trend as a rookie on April 29, 1986. He scored early into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 victory against the Hartford Whalers, in Game 7 of the Adams Division Final.  He became the first rookie to ever score an...
April 27th, 2020
Free Agents

Although the NHL is kicking around ideas for how they can continue the 2019-20 season, so far it's still on hold, and so is the start of free agency for now.  It feels premature to speculate on who the Anaheim Ducks should target in free agency, considering we don’t know when it will happen, but there is one player worth noting because he spent most of this season with the Ducks. Related: Anaheim Ducks Jersey History Derek Grant had a career-best season mostly with the Ducks and then with the Philadelphia Flyers after the deadline trade. Grant became a fan favorite, and according to, general Bob Murray expressed interest in bringing him back at the Ducks hockey hot stove, but should they? Bringing Grant Back to the Pond In the weeks before the trade deadline, I outlined the reasons for keeping Grant, and I stand by them, but I also understand why the Ducks made the trade. Though his advanced statistics weren’t good, there was evidence that he...
April 20th, 2020
Ducks History

The Anaheim Ducks have, by and large, been blessed when it comes to National Hockey League expansion teams. Stars like Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne graced their roster – then composed of Mighty Ducks – early on in their existence. They made two Stanley Cup finals in four seasons, taking the New Jersey Devils to seven games in 2003 before winning it all in 2007, at the expense of the Ottawa Senators. Paul Kariya, one of the greatest players in franchise history, wearing the beloved sweater from Anaheim's early days, when the Ducks were still Mighty. (Photo by: Brian Bahr / Getty Images / NHLI) Despite having never again reached the precipice, the Ducks have been one of the most dominant teams in the Western Conference, lo these many years. However, despite this history of on-ice success, they’ve never quite figured out the uniform side of things. A Bold Beginning It all began with a colour scheme that resembled an Oompa Loompa’s vomit. Jade and eggplant...
April 15th, 2020
Winnipeg Jets

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there are questions about who the Anaheim Ducks might trade away this offseason, are the Calgary Flames looking at moving Johnny Gaudreau, what are the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and other Western Conference teams doing, and is Mikko Koivu ready to walk away from the Minnesota Wild? Ducks To Move a Few Players? Sportsnet's Ryan Dixon took a look at some Western Conference teams and wondered if the rebuilding Anaheim Ducks might shop a defenseman like Josh Manson or Cam Fowler. Both have modified no-trade lists, Manson has a 12-team no-trade list, while Fowler has a four-team trade list. Josh Manson, Anaheim Ducks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Dixon said Manson's name, "churned pretty heavily through trade talk leading up to the deadline in February, but any move involving Manson was always more likely to happen in the summer." It will be interesting to see if he's a focus for some teams this summer. Related: Top...
April 14th, 2020
Ducks History

On April 14, 24 years ago, the original Winnipeg Jets played their last-ever regular season game, just a few months prior to their relocation to Phoenix, Arizona. It did not go well, and was the last big missed opportunity for a franchise that missed many. The Final Game of a Season-Long Funeral The date was April 14, 1996. The scene was the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. The Jets entered the Sunday contest against the Mighty Ducks with a 36-39-6 record and a playoff berth in hand. They were gearing up for one last hurrah, one last playoff push to the bitter end of the up-and-down, 17-season road they'd hoed since joining the NHL in 1980. They'd punched their ticket to the postseason two days prior with a 5-3 Friday-night win over the Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Arena. The 1996-97 season was the last for the Winnipeg Jets 1.0 and the contest against the Ducks was their last-ever regular season tilt. (Glenn Cratty/Allsport) It was an arena Shane Doan, captain Kris...

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The 5 Best Trades in Anaheim Ducks History

Originally published in Sept. 2013, but updated recently, here's a look back at some great trades for the Anaheim Ducks. In the first years of the Anaheim Ducks' existence, the team struggled to compete with a cast of players from the expansion draft. While solid drafting and player... May 14th, 2020

Anaheim Ducks Logo History

Despite only being around for 24 years, the Anaheim Ducks sure do like taking walks down memory lane. After he previously spent parts of six seasons with the team, the then-Mighty Ducks brought back Teemu Selanne for the 2005-06 season (and the eight that followed), four years after shipping... December 10th, 2019

Anaheim Ducks Primer for 2017-18

If you're looking for a team that accepts bandwagon fans with open arms, look no further than the Anaheim Ducks. Although blessed with recent postseason (and regular season) success, the Ducks are still a very small hockey market with a fan base that struggles to fill the stadium. Against more... August 22nd, 2017