Chances are you didn't realize this, but today is the 20th anniversary of the opening of a Disney movie called The Mighty Ducks, which was released to audiences on October 2, 1992.
Chances are you DO know this, that the Disney movie -- starring Emilio Estevez as "a self-centered lawyer sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team" -- spawned two sequels, an animated series and of course led to the creation of the Disney-owned Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. (Here's some trivia: In the UK and Australia, the film was titled Champions. UK video/DVD releases are now titled The Mighty Ducks Are the Champions)
While the movie got less-than-stellar reviews and grossed $50 million at the box office, it still resonates 20 years later (although, I have to admit, I never saw it myself).
The team was purchased from the Walt Disney Co. by Henry and Susan Samueli in 2007, the home arena was eventually changed from The Pond to Honda Center and the logo and team colors were also changed. Yet the spirit of the old Mighty Ducks endures. That iconic duckbill-shaped goalie mask logo is displayed on a sleeve patch on the Ducks' popular third jersey, and you still see countless purple and jade jerseys at Honda Center. Most of all, the memories of that movie, and its effect on fans' love for the Ducks and the game hockey, lives on.
On the Ducks Facebook page, we asked fans to share what that movie meant to them, and here are some of the best responses.