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Duck Notes

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

HOME, AT LAST: After a 13-day road trip that made stops in London, Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh, the Anaheim Ducks now prepare for their 2007-08 home opener against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday...the 2007 Stanley Cup Championship banner will be raised prior to the game, with festivities beginning at 6:45 p.m…the Ducks finished the road swing with a 1-3-1 record, earning points on Sept. 30 vs. Los Angeles (W, 4-1) and Oct. 3 at Detroit (SOL, 3-2)...Anaheim and Boston did not play during the 2006-07 regular season...their most recent game was Jan. 16, 2006 when the Bruins earned a 4-3 win in overtime at FleetCenter...Boston's last appearance in Anaheim was on Oct. 19, 2003 when the Bruins skated to a similar 4-3 overtime victory.

DUCKS SELLOUT STREAK CONTINUES:  A standing-room-only crowd will be on hand Wednesday as the Ducks play the first of 40 regular season games at Honda Center this year (one “home” game in England)…it will mark the club’s 35th consecutive sellout (23 regular season plus 12 playoff games)…the Ducks capped season ticket sales at 15,000 this past August and have started a waiting list for future orders…the Ducks recorded 25 total sellouts last season, the most since the 1997-98 season…the club's average attendance (16,377) and percent capacity (95.4%) were also the highest since the 1997-98 season. 

DUCKS TOUGH AT HOME: The Ducks finished the 2006-07 regular season with a home record of 26-6-9, tying the club record for home wins in a season (26-10-5 in 2005-2006)...Anaheim also went 10-2 at home in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, clinching all four series wins at Honda Center…the club is 46-11-12 in their last 69 regular season games at Honda Center dating back to Nov. 25, 2006…the Ducks have a .681 winning percentage (89-33-33, 211 pts.) over the last 155 home games, earning at least one point in 122 of the 155 contests (19-6-8 in the last 33 home games of 2002-03 season and 19-11-11 in 2003-04) addition, the Ducks have not been shut out at home since March 1, 2006, a streak that has lasted 52 games…that is the third-longest streak without being shut out at home in team history (92 games, 4/9/95-10/10/97 and 54 games, 3/8/98-10/29/99).

HOME OPENERS: In 13 home openers, Anaheim has a record of 5-7-1...last season, the Ducks snapped a four-game "home-opening" losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 6, 2006 at Honda Center...prior to that four-game streak, Anaheim went unbeaten in four consecutive home openers from 1997-2000...below are the results from each home opener: 

Season                   Date                      Opponent               Result

2006-07                   Oct. 6, 2006          vs. LA                    W, 4-3
2005-06                   Oct. 10, 2005        vs. EDM                L, 4-2
2003-04                   Oct. 12, 2003        vs. PHX                 L, 2-0
2002-03                   Oct. 13, 2002        vs. DET                  L, 4-2
2001-02                   Oct. 12, 2001        vs. WSH                L, 2-1
2000-01                   Oct. 6, 2000          vs. MIN                 W, 3-1
1999-00                   Oct. 8, 1999          vs. DAL                 W, 3-0
1998-99                   Oct. 21, 1998        vs. BOS                  W, 3-0
1997-98                   Oct. 10, 1997        vs. OTT                 T, 1-1 (OT)
1996-97                   Oct. 16, 1996        vs. PHI                   L, 3-4
1995-96                   Oct. 18, 1995        vs. VAN                 L, 1-5
1994-95                   Jan. 23, 1994        vs. EDM                W, 5-4 (OT)
1993-94                   Oct. 10, 1993        vs. DET                  L 2-7

FOLLOW MY LEAD: On Sept. 28, the Anaheim Ducks named five-time All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger as team captain and left wings Rob Niedermayer and Chris Kunitz as alternate captains for the 2007-08 season...Pronger, 32, served as the St. Louis Blues team captain from 1997 through 2002, an alternate captain for Team Canada in the 2002 Winter Olympics and alternate captain for the 2007 Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks last season...Niedermayer returns for his third consecutive season as an alternate captain for the Ducks while Kunitz begins his first season wearing the "A."

FAMILIAR FACES: Of the 23 active players on the roster and three on IR, 18 helped the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history last spring...those 18 players include Francois Beauchemin, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ryan Carter, Joe DiPenta, Kent Huskins, Ryan Getzlaf, J.S. Giguere, Chris Kunitz, Todd Marchant, Brad May, Andy McDonald, Drew Miller, Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer, Sean O'Donnell, Samuel Pahlsson, George Parros, Corey Perry and Chris Pronger...newcomers this season include Todd Bertuzzi, Jonas Hiller, Shane Hnidy, Jason King, Maxim Kondratiev and Mathieu Schneider.

FARM REPORT:  The Portland Pirates currently have a record of 1-1-0-0 and are led in scoring by center Andrew Ebbett (1-2=3), who is tied for second among American Hockey League leaders in points their most recent game, goaltender J.P. Levasseur stopped 17-of-18 shots to help the Pirates win their first game of the regular season, 4-1, over Lowell on Oct. 6 in Stephen Dixon paced the team with two goals and was joined in the scoring by right wing Mike Hoffman (1-0=1) and Ebbett (1-0=1).

WHAT I DID WITH THE CUP: A look at how each Anaheim Duck spent their day with the Stanley Cup.

Francois Beauchemin

- Welcomed the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Sorel, Quebec in mid-July

- 4,000 people turned out to see the Cup during the public celebration

- Held a private celebration at his house where chicken burgers were served and the crowd enjoyed a few AC/DC songs, performed by Francois himself

- Along with J.S. Giguere, took the Cup to Sainte-Justine Hospital and shared it with children

Ilya Bryzgalov

- Spent his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Togliatti, Russia

- An impromptu parade of honking cars followed his limo into town

- Ate a breakfast of eggs and sausage at his old arena where he played in juniors with Lada Togliatti

- The Cup was also placed on display at the Sports Palace for a  public viewing

- The celebration continued with a three-hour cruise down the Volga River

- Finished the evening off with a meal at Long John Silver’s and a fireworks display

Joe DiPenta

- Greeted the Stanley Cup at Halifax airport in early August

- Celebrated with children at Halifax’s IWK Health Centre, where he posed for pictures and signed autographs

- Brought the Cup to his grandmother’s retirement home

- Was the main attraction in a parade in his honor, where hundreds of Cole Harbor natives showed up to cheer him on

- The Premier of Nova Scotia and Mayor of Halifax attended the event as well

- Continued by celebrating with his family and friends at a private gathering

Ryan Getzlaf

- Spent his day with the Stanley Cup in his childhood hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan

- Hosted a street hockey tournament, where competing teams played for the actual Stanley Cup

- The idea came from Ryan’s childhood when he and his friends would play games for an imaginary Stanley Cup

- Proceeds from the tournament were donated to Ronald McDonald House

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

- Welcomed the Stanley Cup to his hometown last summer where he held a party at his home with his family and closest friends

- Henri, the family dog, was allowed to have his dinner out of the Cup, after which the Cup was thoroughly scrubbed so that people could drink out of it

- Along with teammate Francois Beauchemin, visited Sainte-Justine Hospital with the Cup and shared it with children

Kent Huskins

- Spent his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Almonte, Ontario

- First greeted it at his parents’ home, where the family took professional photographs with hockey’s ultimate prize

- Held a public celebration at Almonte’s Civitan Hall where he signed autographs and posed for pictures with 1,500 fans that attended

- Spent time with a local minor hockey team

- Capped off the evening in early August with a family barbeque

Chris Kunitz

- Split his day with the Stanley Cup between Big Rapids, Michigan where he played college hockey for Ferris State and his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan

- While in Big Rapids, held a fundraising breakfast for the American Cancer Society, a public viewing with the Cup and a special visit to a big fan at a local medical center

- Flew on a private jet back to Regina with his fiancée and college friends

- Stops in Regina included his high school for a photo session and The Press Box Sports Bar for a more intimate celebration

Todd Marchant

- Spends the off-season in Williamsville, NY, where the family welcomed the Stanley Cup for a two-day celebration last summer

- Festivities included a pool party with family and friends, a public viewing at a nearby arena and a Fourth of July get-together

- Says his best moment of the get-together was being surprised with a bearded Todd Marchant-replica piñata

Brad May

- Welcomed the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Markham, Ontario in mid-August

- Visited his mother’s and father’s respective homes during his tour

- Placed the Cup on the third tee at Coppinwood Golf Club for all passersby to view

- Held a public celebration for over 2,000 people at the Community Safety Village where August 15 was named “Brad May Day”

- Visited his summer cottage at Lake Joseph before flying his personalized “May Day” helicopter to two children’s camps, where he shared the Cup with youngsters

Andy McDonald

- When receiving his day with the Stanley Cup in early August, took it to both his alma mater, Colgate University and his hometown of Strathroy, Ontario

- Used a Gulfstream jet to transport his family and the Cup between the two locations

- Hosted a public viewing at Colgate and at the West Middlesex Memorial Centre in Strathroy

- Held a party for his closest family and friends at the Derby Inn in downtown Strathroy

Travis Moen

- Brought the Stanley Cup to the farm in late July, which coincided with the beginning of the harvest

- Held a party at with the cowboys on the ranch, ate dry ribs out of the Cup and celebrated with family and friends

- Held a public viewing and autograph session for over 1,000 fans with donations for photos going to charity

Rob Niedermayer

- With brother, Scott, welcomed the Stanley Cup for a three-day visit to Cranbrook in late August

- The two were dropped in via helicopter on top of Fisher Peak in the Canadian Rockies to take photos with the Cup

- They were thrilled to take a picture with the Cup there together as Scott took the same photo when he won with the Devils in 2000

- He and his wife Jessica took photos with family and friends atop horses with the Cup perched on a bale of hay

- Held a public celebration at RecPlex arena in downtown Cranbrook where the brothers posed for photographs and signed autographs, while raising money for charity

Sean O'Donnell

- Received his time with the Stanley Cup in late August where he brought it to his hometown of Kanata, Ontario

- Held a public celebration, where fans were able to take pictures with him and the Cup, while also raising money for charity

- Also took it to the Ottawa Children’s Hospital

- Other stops included a visit with the Prime Minister of Canada, his grandmother at St. Patrick’s Home and just enjoying it at home with his closest family and friends

Samuel Pahlsson

- Spent his time with the Stanley Cup in both Ange and Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

- Brought it to the town square of Ange for a public celebration

- Threw a party with his closest family and friends at his summer cottage in Ornskoldsvik

- The crowd enjoyed live music performances including folk songs by his father

- Ate spaghetti out of the Cup at Mamma Mia, a restaurant near the arena where Modo, his former Swedish Elite team plays

George Parros

- Received his day with the Stanley Cup in mid-August and shared it with his high school and college alma maters: Delbarton School and Princeton University

- Signed autographs and posed for pictures for the hundreds of people (including a few youth hockey teams) that attended the public celebrations

- Continued the day with a barbeque at his family farm near Pittsburgh

Corey Perry

- Received his day with the Stanley Cup in mid-August

- Held a public celebration at Peterborough Memorial Arena and signed autographs

- His parents joined in the celebration by throwing a barbeque at their home for family and friends

- The group then boarded a bus to continue the celebration in London, where he played his junior hockey.  Bad traffic turned a three-hour road trip into a five-hours, making the best of the situation, he showed off the Cup to other people who were stuck in traffic as well

- The night was capped off with a party at a restaurant in London, spent celebrating with his old hockey pals

Chris Pronger

- Spent the summer celebrating the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Dryden and in Orange County

- In Dryden, celebrated with his family and took it to the Dryden Regional Health Centre, where he visited children in the chemo unit

- Held a civic celebration with over 2,000 people in attendance, where he was given a key to the city and his high school rink was re-named “Chris Pronger Arena”

- In Orange County, had a family gathering in the morning as his kids and niece and nephew ate cereal out of the Cup

- Took the Cup to his Golf Club in the afternoon and held a private party at his home that night where Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray performed






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