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The 2003 Draft: One for the Ages

Fifteen years ago, the Ducks selected franchise icons Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in what is now considered the best NHL Draft in history

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady / AnaheimDucks.com

June 2003 would turn out to be a seminal month for the Anaheim Ducks, a major crossroads in the growth of a franchise that would ultimately emerge into a perennial championship contender and ultimately a Stanley Cup champion.

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Lindholm on Representing Sweden at the Worlds and His Summer Plans

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady / AnaheimDucks.com

While it's the offseason for most of the Ducks, a few of them have remained active in the game by representing their countries at the IIHF World Championship in Denmark. Korbinian Holzer played for Team Germany, which was eliminated by Canada a few weeks ago, while Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell have helped Team Sweden to a berth in this weekend's semifinals.

Rakell's six goals and seven assists have him fifth in the entire tournament in scoring, while Lindholm has been a major reason Sweden has been solid defensively in reeling off eight wins. The Swedes take on Team USA tomorrow at Royal Arena in Denmark, while Canada faces Switzerland in the other semifinal.

It was close to midnight Copenhagen time - a few hours after Sweden defeated Latvia 3-2 in the quarters - when Lindholm was kind enough to talk about his experience in the Worlds and the rest of his summer plans.

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Kesler Reflects on a Difficult Season for Him and the Ducks

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady / AnaheimDucks.com

By his own admission, Ryan Kesler can be a moody guy, and you'll excuse him if he wasn't all smiles during a somber day that officially closed out one of the more frustrating seasons of his career.

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With a Diligent Work Ethic, Lindholm Getting Better with Age

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady / AnaheimDucks.com

There was a subtle moment a couple of months ago in the Ducks locker room, where veteran Kevin Bieksa was hosting a lighthearted video to promote the upcoming Dux in Tux charity event. It was well after that day's practice ended when Bieksa was conducting chirpy interviews with a handful teammates, testing them on their culinary knowledge. He was bantering back and forth with Cam Fowler when fellow defenseman Hampus Lindholm came trudging into the locker room in full gear.

Distracted by the sight, Bieksa joked into the mic, "Oh look, Hampus is just getting off the ice. Hardest worker on the team, just ask him." And Fowler sarcastically yelled out, "What were you doing out there the whole time?"

Lindholm's reply back was a simple one: "Getting better."

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Beauchemin Relishing One Last Chance at a Cup

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Francois Beauchemin had just turned 27 when he and the Ducks became Stanley Cup champions on June 6, 2007. He was still relatively green, with the 2006-07 season marking his second full tour of duty in the NHL and his second career postseason appearance.

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Kase is Living the Good Life

Ducks winger Ondrej Kase is having a breakout season, and laughing plenty along the way

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The laugh is unmistakable, that certain type of hearty chuckle from the depths of the belly that gets others to join in, too. When you hear it, you know. That's the laugh of Ondrej Kase.

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Giguere Reflects on His Life in Retirement During Visit to Honda Center

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady / AnaheimDucks.com

In the same building where he grinded through countless games, played his way to a Conn Smythe Trophy during one Stanley Cup Final and captured the Cup in another, J.S. Giguere never looked more relaxed than he did Tuesday night at Honda Center.

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Henrique's Time in Anaheim Has Been Divine

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Adam Henrique has been a member of the Ducks for a little more than two months, but it feels like he's been here for years.

Bob Murray's late-November trade to acquire the 28-year-old center (along with Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round draft pick) from the New Jersey Devils is turning out to be one of the best in-season trades in recent memory, at least in terms of immediate production. Henrique, who celebrated his 28th birthday with an overtime-winner in Buffalo last night, has been nothing short of phenomenal for the Ducks, providing the team not only with timely offense, but a solid two-way game as they continue to keep pace in the tightly contested Western Conference playoff race.

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Getting to Know J.T. Brown

Claimed on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 14, the 27-year-old forward discusses his fresh start in Anaheim and his love for gaming.

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

You were born in North Carolina, but spent most of your youth in Minnesota. Was hockey always your go-to sport?
I was born in High Point, North Carolina. My ID said Burnsville from when I went to juniors, but technically, I lived in - and grew up in - Apple Valley and went to Rosemount High School. I just lived in Burnsville for my senior year of high school. I played football and baseball, too, but hockey was my passion. When I went to high school, I ended up not playing football anymore. Just focused on hockey.

What was it like pursuing hockey when your dad [former NFL running back Ted Brown] played professionally in a different sport?
It was cool in a way. Let's say if I went into football, then I have my dad's footsteps. That's what I'd have to live up to, whereas with hockey I'm playing a completely different sport. Same with growing up. My dad, coming from North Carolina, didn't know the most about hockey, but he could teach me about the intangible things where it didn't matter whether you were playing baseball, basketball, football. It's about hard work and making sure you're ready to go. I think it was good for me that I wasn't playing the exact same sport, but still able to lean on him for the information you need.

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Henrique Talks About his Adjustment to Being in Anaheim

It's been a month and a half since the likeable center was traded to the Ducks from New Jersey

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady / AnaheimDucks.com

In the month and a half since you were traded to Anaheim, how has it been getting comfortable here?
It's been good. Just jumping into things and being with the guys on the road right away was helpful, when I look back on things. We're creatures of routine. We go through the same thing every day, and when we get away from that is when we start thinking about things. The easiest thing for us is just to go out and play hockey. I think also, the time on the road really helped with getting to know the guys and being around them - because that's all we have, really. 

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