I grew up watching the Ducks and Kings, I went to several Ducks games as a kid and loved every minute of it with my Dad. I started skating at six and was in leagues by ten. In 2003 I watched the Ducks lose game 7 of the SCF to the New Jersey Devils while dressing for my roller hockey game with my brother, and I was upset at the defeat. I had been to every home game during the finals – I watched Broduer drop his stick and the puck slide through his sprawling legs.
I watched Paul Kariya take a vicious hit (elbow) and go unconscious and felt the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim go quiet. I then watched Kariya go “off the floor, and on the board!”
And then to share in Giguere’s sadness as he claimed the Conn Smythe (Playoff MVP) trophy.
My love for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim was solidified.
In 2007, I joined the US Army out of high school, looking for an adventure (which I found) I left for Oklahoma to be trained at Ft. Sill. I had been watching several games during the 07 season and knew I was leaving during the playoff time frame. JS Giguere and Teemu Selanne were now my two hockey heroes. During the playoffs my father would send me letters and newspaper clippings of how the team was doing. (I think I caught maybe two minutes total of Ducks hockey while in training)
I graduated basic training and my family and best friend flew out to spend three days with me while I had a short break. The three days passed quickly and they returned home. I moved on to part two of the training, and at night they let us have our phones back. (if we were performing to the standards of the cadre)
I got a text one night “we just won the stanley cup”
I finished my training and headed home, still in uniform my dad picked me up from the airport and we joined the rest of the Ducks fans at Honda Center for the celebration.
I missed my team winning the championship.
The Ducks had one of the best home records in the NHL and the time for fans to get pumped about this team is now.
While hockey is one of those games that could shock us all by a poor start, or another record setting home juggernaut run, and come the playoffs when fans got really pumped about last year, The Ducks need energy all year for 2014-2015.
Especially now that our rival Kings have won their second championship in four years, the Ducks fan base has to step it up. The fan base was great last year no doubt about that, the chanting got a lot better and we let go of the pained “Lets go Duuuuuucks” and made it simply “LETS GO DUCKS!” and even “QUACK QUACK QUACK” rang out a few times, newer chants that you will be hearing around Honda Center will also likely be “Ooh Ah Silfverberg say Ooh Ah Silfverberg!” when Silfverberg scores. This chant was huge when he played back home in Sweden, and while pockets of fans did it last year, this year it’s gonna get louder.
There are now just 51, yes just fifty one days left until the Ducks begin the 2014-2015 campaign. The Ducks are a better team this year and I expect the fans to show their passion.