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ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 09:  Scott Niedermayer #27 and Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrate with teammate Lubomir Visnovsky #17 after Visnovsky scored in the third period against Columbus Blue Jackets during their NHL game at the Honda Center on March 9, 2010 in Anaheim, California. The Blue Jackets defeated the Ducks 5-2.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Mike StainkampContributor IAugust 2, 2010

For those not up on their cinematic trivia, the Anaheim Ducks are the team that was inspired by the 1992 Disney movie The Mighty Ducks. In 1993, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim became an official team in the NHL and called the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim home—these days it's known as the Honda Center.

In the 1993 Entry Draft, the Ducks selected Paul Kariya with the No. 4 pick and he soon became the face of the young franchise. The following year, they selected Steve Rucchin at No. 2 in the Supplemental Draft. Two years after that, they acquired Teemu Selanne, Marc Chouinard and a fourth-round pick from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky, and a third-round pick. This deal turned out to be a blockbuster and helped mold the Ducks into the team they are today.

In 1997, the Ducks made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, where they beat the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games in the first round before getting swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

After a disappointing stretch, during which Selanne was traded away to the San Jose Sharks and the team saw a decline in production from Kariya, the Ducks returned to the playoffs in the 2002-2003 season. They shocked the world when the swept the defending Cup champions Red Wings in the first round and followed that up by beating the

Dallas Stars in six games in round two. In their first ever trip to the Western Conference Finals, the Ducks swept the Minnesota Wild behind the brilliant goaltending of Jean-Sebastian Giguere, who posted three straight shutouts and allowed only one goal in the four-game sweep. The miracle run would end against the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final, with the Ducks extending the series to seven games before bowing out.

The Ducks made it back to the Final in 2007 and this time came away with the Cup, defeating the Ottawa Senators in five games. In the process, they became the first west coast team since the 1925 Victoria Cougars to win the Stanley Cup.

 

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