"Where's the cake eater??"
Ben Hutton had been on the visitor's bench in Anaheim for two seconds before shouting that very question.
"Is that him??" replied one of the Canucks.
"It totally is!" smiled Hutton.
After all these years, The Mighty Ducks still bring out the kids in us all.
It was Mighty Ducks Movie Tribute Night at the Honda Center Wednesday. Ahead of the Canucks taking on the Ducks to open a three-game road trip, many of the actors and actresses from the Disney film trilogy were on the ice for a twirl.
Vincent LaRusso, who played Adam Banks in all three Mighty Ducks movies, was the main draw and Hutton and company got their wish as cake eater came to meet the crew.
Eldon Henson (Fulton Reed), Aaron Schwartz (Dave Karp), Marguerite Moreau (Connie Moreau), Matt Doherty (Les Averman), Justin Wong (Ken Wu), Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine (Julie Gaffney), Aaron Lohr (Dean Portman) and Garette Ratliff Henson (Guy Germaine) were also on hand, many coming to say hi to the Canucks.
Brock Boeser stayed the longest, visiting with Marguerite Moreau. Although Boeser was born five years after the first Mighty Ducks movie premiered, he was always a fan of the series. Name a hockey player who wasn't. But Boeser's love for the movies runs deeper than that.
"They filmed a lot of those movies in Minnesota," boasted Boeser, a product of Burnsville, Minnesota. "They rollerblade through the Mall of America, Charlie's mom works at Mickey's Diner and there are a lot of rinks and outdoor shots used. I always thought that was pretty cool."
One actor, namely Justin Wong (Ken Wu), made it clear he wasn't there to support the Ducks, regardless of whatever movies he was in.
"I'm from Vancouver," smiled Wong. "When I got the call asking if I wanted to come reunite, they said the Ducks were playing the Canucks and I said sign me up!"
Wong got photos with any Canucks who came to visit, and also took some photos of his own while the Canucks played soccer to warm-up pre-game. As he walked past the game with the rest of the cast to greet fans, Wong pulled me aside to share a very interesting fact.
"I don't think I've ever told anyone this," he said, "But Ken Wu wore No. 16 in The Mighty Ducks movies because of Trevor Linden!"
Very, very cool.