This Week in Ducks History:
Apr. 12, 1967
RW Tim Sweeney born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Apr. 12, 1973
D Niclas Havelid born in Stockholm, Sweden
Apr. 9, 1974
D Drew Bannister born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Apr. 10, 1974
D Dan Trebil born in Edina, Minnesota, USA
Apr. 9, 1994
The Mighty Ducks beat Vancouver 3-1 setting the NHL records for most wins (33) and road wins (19) by a first year team. (NHL Vault)
Apr. 13, 1994
The Ducks end their inaugural season with a 2-1 loss to Vancouver. This gave them a record of 33-46-5 on the season, good enough for fourth (of six) in the Pacific Division and ninth (of 12) in the Western Conference.
Apr. 10, 1996
Guy Hebert tied the unfortunate record of most goals allowed by a Ducks goalie in a single game by giving up all seven goals in a 7-3 loss to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche.
Apr. 9, 1997
Set franchise record for longest home unbeaten streak (14 games, 10-0-14). The streak started with a 5-2 win over Toronto on Feb. 12 and ended with the final home game of the regular season, a 4-1 win over Los Angeles.
Apr. 11, 1997
A 4-3 win over San Jose closed out the 1996-97 regular season. This was the Ducks' first winning season (36-33-13) and first playoff season. They finished second out of seven in the Pacific and third of 13 in the West.
Apr. 9, 2000
The 1999-2000 season ended with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings. This was the first of two winning seasons (34-33-12-3, W-L-T-O) in which the Ducks did not make the playoffs, more on that later. They finished last (fifth) in the Pacific and ninth of 13 in the West.
Apr. 11, 2000
Announced that Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) Head Coach Moe Mantha (sweet name) was not being offered a new contract.
Apr. 8, 2001
One of the worst seasons in Ducks History ended with a 4-1 loss to San Jose. The Ducks finished with a record of 25-41-11-5, last in the Pacific and in the West (fifth and 15th respectively). The only season in which the Ducks had fewer wins was the lockout shortened 1995 season, but their 2000-01 winning percentage of .305 just fell short of 1995's .333 (16 wins in 48 games). To put it in perspective, the Ducks have already won 27 of 41 this season.
Apr. 9, 2001
Announced that Guy Charron would not return as head coach.
Apr. 7, 2003
Named Al Coates senior vice president of business operations.
Apr. 10, 2003
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 63 saves and Paul Kariya scored the triple overtime game winner in Detroit to take a 1-0 series lead on the Red Wings. This was the greatest Ducks game EVER, for about a week. (NHL Vault)
Apr. 7, 2007
The Ducks end their best regular season in history with a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. With a 48-20-14 record the Ducks secured their first division title in franchise history and second place in the Western Conference. I think, some other good stuff happened in the following months, but I can't really remember.
Apr. 11, 2007
The 2007 playoffs began with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. (NHL Vault)
Apr. 11, 2009
The Ducks finished off the 2008-09 regular season with a 5-4 shootout loss at Phoenix. Their final record was 42-33-7, good for second in the Pacific and eighth in the West. By earning a point in this game, the Ducks set the franchise record for longest road point streak in Ducks History of nine games starting on Feb. 28 (7-0-1, 16 points).
Apr. 11, 2010
Anaheim beat Edmonton 7-2 in the 2009-10 season finale. This was the second time In Ducks History that they finished with a winning record (39-32-11) but missed the playoffs, ending up fourth in the Pacific and 11th in the West.
Apr. 9, 2011,
The Ducks swept a home at home series (2-1 and 3-1 wins) with Los Angeles to finish the 2010-11 season with a 47-30-5 record (second in the Pacific, fourth in the West). This was also the famous game where Teemu Selanne fought Brad Richardson, leading all Ducks fans to simultaneously clench their sphincters.
Apr. 7, 2012
The 2011-12 season mercifully ended with a 5-2 loss at Calgary. The Ducks finished with a 34-36-12 record, last in the Pacific and 13th in the West.