No longer child's play

The Anaheim Ducks are the National Hockey League franchise playing out of Anaheim, California. They started life as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, an obvious reference to the successful Disney movie franchise of the same name. Disney owned the team at the time, which led some to expect the team would be extremely successful since Disney could bankroll an impressive team. Surprisingly, it was several years before the Ducks assembled that winning team.

In their first appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, the Ducks found a breakout star in the Roy-influenced Jean-Sebastien Giguere as they pushed the New Jersey Devils all the way to Game Seven in 2003, only to come up short in the end. Not to be undone, the Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators in the 2007 Stanley Cup to bring the sacred prize to Disneyland (figuratively speaking, Disney sold the franchise in 2005). Their win was the first Stanley Cup for any California team in the history of the NHL.

Ed The K Motley has certain fondness for the team since it was the night after watching "The Mighty Ducks" that Kay watched the Los Angeles Kings play against the Montreal Canadiens, a game that turned Kay into a lifetime fan of hockey. Additionally, Kay cheered for the Ducks through the majority of the post-season, largely because the Habs did not qualify that year and the Ducks swept the Detroit Red Wings in the first round.

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