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Checking In with the 21st Ducks

Past honorees Kai Quinonez, Katie Hawley and Michael Lu were part of the festivities on Opening Night and gave updates on their inspiring lives

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady / AnaheimDucks.com

It was an extraordinary moment during Thursday evening's Opening Night at Honda Center, when this year's 21st Duck Lera Doederlein was introduced to the sellout crowd. The 16-year-old double-above-knee amputee and sled hockey player cruised out to center ice alongside the rest of the Ducks team, and joined them in saluting the 17,000-plus in attendance just before Anaheim took on Arizona to start the regular season.

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21st Duck Doederlein Inspires Team with Her Story

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

"My name is Lera, and I'm really thankful and happy to be here."

Lera Doederlein wasn't sure what to expect as she entered through the doors to the Ducks locker room last Friday afternoon. Led by Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins, Doederlein, an avid sled hockey player, knew she was there to share her story to the team before a recent practice at Honda Center. But speaking in front of a group of people, especially an NHL team, isn't always an easy task. The Ducks have had guest speakers before, but never one quite like her.

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Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Program Opens Brand New Rink at Friends Christian School

It's the eighth area rink the Ducks have built in the past four years

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady / AnaheimDucks.com

Seth McGraw dropped the orange ball for the first official game inside the street hockey rink on his campus and was overjoyed by what he was seeing.  

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Over 100 Teachers Try Sled and Blind Hockey as Part of S.C.O.R.E. Seminar

by Jenelyn Russo / Special to AnaheimDucks.com

The hockey rink became the classroom last weekend as the Anaheim Ducks welcomed more than 100 teachers to the club's newest facility, Great Park Ice in Irvine, for the 2019 S.C.O.R.E. Program Teacher's Seminar.

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Gibsons Continue to Expand Their Impact on SoCal Hockey Scene

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

IRVINE, Calif. -- It started with a conversation a few years ago. John and Alexa Gibson, looking to get involved in the local community, wanted to find a way to use hockey as a means of giving back. Last year they teamed up with San Diego Ducks Sled Hockey, hosting two suite nights for the team as well as a clinic on the ice at Honda Center. The Gibsons loved it. So much, in fact, they wanted to expand their impact this year.

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Leave it to the Fowlers for One Special Ball Hockey Bonanza

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

IRVINE, Calif. -- Even under a blazing sun, Cam Fowler managed to keep his cool.

Sweat started to bead just beneath the bill of his Ducks hat, and the back of his grey t-shirt began to speckle as the ambient temperature rose above the 90-degree mark. But no sort of heat was going to bring him down. Not on this day. Standing in the parking lot of Great Park Ice on Saturday afternoon, Cam and his wife, Jasmine, looked out at the sprawling scene. Four street hockey rinks, 16 teams and upwards of 80-plus kids. This was the inaugural C4Kids Ball Hockey Bonanza.

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Grant Goes Yard at Batting Practice Before Ducks Night at Angel Stadium

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Minutes before stepping into the batter's box at Angel Stadium, Derek Grant jokingly says a few games of slow pitch softball this summer prepared him for this moment. Decked out in Angels gear, Grant waited in the on-deck circle, his eyes fixated on Rickard Rakell's rather unorthodox approach at the plate.

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Ducks Power PLAY! Project Transforms Raymond Temple Elementary School

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

BUENA PARK, Calif. -- On a warm late-summer day at Raymond Temple Elementary School, a large group clad in orange t-shirts patiently awaited instruction for their assignments. Some were tasked with painting murals around the campus. Others were in charge of planting herbs and trees, and a butterfly garden, while another group made their way to a newly-installed street hockey rink to paint the red line.

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Ducks to Unveil Elementary School Makeover in Buena Park on Sept. 16

by Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks will unveil a large-scale elementary school "makeover" project on Monday, Sept. 16 at 8:30 a.m., entitled the Anaheim Ducks "Power PLAY!" On Thursday, Sept. 12, team staff, Ducks fans and partners will assemble at Raymond Temple Elementary School in Buena Park to rejuvenate the school, including the installation of a permanent street hockey rink on the school playground. Ducks players, Ducks and Honda Center executives, Power Players and Wild Wing will also roll up their sleeves for this day-long beautification project. In addition, the NHL club has invited Ducks fans, Orange Alliance Members and premium seat holders to lend a hand throughout the day.

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Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena to Host "Curling Night in America"

Southern California's premier ice facility, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena will host its first major international curling competition

by Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com

Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena will host its first major international curling competition, "Curling Night in America" in August 2020. The event has taken place six previous times in partnership with USA Curling, NBC Sports Network, the World Curling Federation and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. It will be the first such event in the state of California, following competitions in North Carolina, Nebraska, and Minnesota (four times). The event will feature four countries playing in three curling disciplines - mixed doubles, women's and men's. The countries and competing teams will be announced next year.

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