The Anaheim Ducks, formerly known as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, entered the NHL as an expansion team in 1993, founded by The Walt Disney Company. Their name was derived from the film The Mighty Ducks, which was released in 1992 and brought hockey to the center stage of American culture. The Ducks picked star forward Paul Kariya with their first franchise draft choice, 4th overall, and have been the home of future hall of famers like Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer and Sergei Fedorov.
With two Stanley Cup appearances and one championship in less than two decades, the Anaheim Ducks have enjoyed great success as a team that exemplifies perseverance through the building process that expansion teams undergo. Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Mathieu Perreault lead the way into what should be an exciting team to watch for years to come.