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20 years ago today, the Ducks and Panthers were born

Dec 10, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

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One more year and they can buy beer.

Indeed, it was 20 years ago today that the NHL announced the addition of two teams in Miami and Anaheim. The former would be owned by Wayne Huizenga, the chairman of Blockbuster Entertainment; the latter by Walt Disney Co.

“Our company has been involved with hockey through Goofy and cartoons,” Disney CEO Michael Eisner said at the press conference. “We made a movie called ‘The Mighty Ducks.’ It did $50 million box office. That was our market research.”

It should be noted that Gary Bettman was not the NHL’s commissioner at the time. (Bettman was responsible for expansion to Nashville, Atlanta, Minnesota and Columbus; he also allowed the re-location of the Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix, the Minnesota North Stars to Dallas, the Quebec Nordiques to Colorado, the Hartford Whalers to Carolina, and the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg.)

Of the two 1992 expansion teams, Anaheim has had the most on-ice success. The Ducks lost in the 2003 Stanley Cup finals before winning in 2007.

The Panthers made a surprise run to the finals in 1996 but were swept by Colorado. Otherwise they’ve missed the playoffs in 14 of their 18 seasons.

Without further ado, here’s something that actually existed:

  1. kitshky - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Thanks Brough, wasn’t feeling quite old enough today…

    • michiganhockey11 - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      No kidding…

      I’ve still never seen them do the “Flying V” on the ice.

  2. imleftcoast - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    It still burns my bacon that Disney was allowed to name a team The Might Ducks.

    • kingfooj - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      those mighty ducks jerseys were 10x better than the current ones. Reminiscent of the Kariya Selanne Show

    • withseidelinn - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      I miss the old Ducks, their jerseys were unreal and the logo was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Pure 90’s style. Just my opinion though. Plus Paul Kariya was a beaut.

  3. ironmike778 - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Good reason to support abortion.

  4. ironmike778 - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Two teams that never should have been added and that should be contracted. Pisses me off that the league added teams they didn’t but refuse to right that wrong.

  5. quizguy66 - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    You’re welcome for keeping the name “Mighty Ducks” off the Stanley Cup.

    Signed.

    -NJ Devils

  6. dbarnes79 - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    And in those 20 years the Ducks won the cup and the Panthers went to the finals, while the Leafs haven’t even seen the finals in over 40 years. I’m so depressed.

  7. imleftcoast - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Was the first Mighty Ducks win against the Oilers or was that the first Mighty Ducks HNIC broadcast?

  8. 127taringa - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    20 years ago that Canadians felt angry (more hockey in the US)…

  9. fortwaynekomets - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    The Anaheim Mighty Ducks were a revolutionary team in Ice Hockey. They were the first team to do things different from a owners and marketing stand point.

    It obviously worked, as it only took them 10 years to make the Stanley Cup Finals, and only 15 years to win the Stanley Cup!!!

    Like it or not….. those are statistics that your favorite teams can’t even own up to!

    I’m not necessarily a “fan” of the new jerseys, but it needed to be done since we are in year 2-0-1-2 and dubstep is now the nations favorite music genre. Plus it just makes the original ones so much more vintage and special!

    • sheapuck - Dec 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Off the top of my head…the Devils won the Cup after only 13 years. So I guess they can own up to that stat.

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