On Tuesday night, the Anaheim City Council passed a multi-faceted agreement that includes extending the partnership between the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks and the City of Anaheim for at least 25 more years. The deal solidifies the Ducks continued commitment to the city through at least 2048 (five years remaining on initial agreement). As part of the agreement, the team's name will remain the "Anaheim Ducks" for the duration of the partnership.
"We are certainly thrilled that our Ducks have a strong and secure future here in Anaheim and are excited to further enhance our partnership with the city and its residents," said Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli. "We believe that Anaheim is a truly special place and appreciate the city's clear commitment to remain a leading sports and entertainment destination."
Currently celebrating their 25th NHL season, the Ducks were born on Dec. 10, 1992 when the National Hockey League awarded an NHL franchise to the Disney Corporation and the City of Anaheim. The Ducks were purchased in the summer of 2005 by the Samuelis, and became California's first Stanley Cup Champion in 2007.
"This is a great day for the organization and our loyal fans," said Ducks Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman. "We thank the Anaheim City Council for their support and are pleased we have committed to each other until at least 2048."
The Ducks have been one of the NHL's most successful franchises since the club's inception. The club has welcomed more than 18 million fans to Honda Center over the last 25 years, playing to 92% capacity. The team's commitment to the community is one of its fundamental values, which includes countless fundraising events and special programs over the last 25 years.
"Ducks fans have been supporting our club consistently for 25 years, and we will continue to strive to produce outstanding entertainment for them," said Ducks Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Tim Ryan. "We are thrilled to continue calling Anaheim our home and look forward to making more memories for our great fans."
On the ice, the Ducks have qualified for the playoffs six consecutive seasons (NHL's second-longest streak, only to Pittsburgh) and won 70 playoff games since 2006 (tied for third in NHL). Since 2014, Anaheim's 31 playoff wins lead the Western Conference. In addition to the Stanley Cup title, the Ducks have made two appearances in the Stanley Cup Final (also 2003), and five appearances in the Western Conference Final (2003, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2017).