On December 10, 1992, the NHL granted the rights for the establishment of two expansion teams, which would begin competing in the 1993-94 season. One of those expansion teams was awarded to the Walt Disney Company, who would choose to find the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, named after the fictional hockey team from the successful Disney movie, The Mighty Ducks. In the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, the Ducks used a fourth overall pick on Paul Kariya, who would begin playing in 1994 and become the face of the Mighty Ducks franchise for years to come. Later acquiring Teemu Selänne through a large trade with the Winnipeg Jets, which involved multiple players and draft picks, the Mighty Ducks finally put up their first winning record in the 1996-97 season with Selänne during Kariya's first year as the new team captain. This was the same year that the franchise had been sold to Henry and Susan Samueli, who decided to change the franchise name to the Anaheim Ducks. The franchise has won two Western Conference championships and took home their first and only Stanley Cup in 2007.
Here's a fun fact about the Anaheim Ducks' home ice at Honda Center: the team has never lost a Finals game there! Honda Center – formerly known as the Anaheim Arena, followed by Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim – is sometimes referred to by fans as the “Ponda Center” as an homage to its former name. The Honda Center has hosted concerts for such stars as Barbara Streisand, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, U2 (five times), the Jonas Brothers, and Mariah Carey, along with multiple UFC events and NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments. To visit Honda Center with your home-game Anaheim Ducks tickets, visit Best Available Tickets now to grab great seats at rock-bottom prices. We've got Ducks tickets waiting for you, so grab them today!