Making this list was difficult for me. There is a small cluster of teams that I really do hate (1,2 and 3 on this list), and then there is what I'm going to label a lower tier hated team. These teams really annoy me, but I couldn't decide which one I didn't like more so they all get an equal hatred rating. Also, there is no coincidence that both of these teams are members of the "Original Six." It's easy to hate the Bruins, they employed known goaltender assassin Milan Lucic and their fans are grossly obnoxious wherever you go (Ducks vs. Bruins all-time record: 13-9-6). The Blackhawks are a new hated team of mine, this season's bandwagon hatred choice. It happens when a team wins 3 of the last 6 Stanley Cup Finals. There will be plenty more to hate this season though, now that the Ryan Garbutt will be playing for the Hawks in 2015-2016.
I hate the Blues for a few reasons. First, the Ducks traded Andy McDonald, my favorite player at the time, to the Blues after winning the Stanley Cup in 2007. The Ducks got Doug Weight, Michal Birner and a seventh-round pick that they later traded to the Kings for a Jean-Sebastien Aubin, a goaltender that played zero games for the Ducks. The trade was terrible and McDonald became a victim of the Kids Club Curse, only to waste away in St. Louis. The Ducks are 38-33-10 all time against the Blues, but some of those losses have been memorable ones. On February 20, 2011 the Ducks were crushed by the Blues 9-3. Two of those goals came from now-Duck Chris Stewart who seemed to always play his best against the Ducks during his time with the Blues. Also, St. Louis is where hockey players go to die (see: Kariya, Paul).
This is a historical hatred for me. If the Red Wings were still in the Western Conference they would definitely be higher on this list. It takes a good playoff series to really build the hatred for a team. The Ducks have met the Red Wings in the playoffs six times. The Red Wings swept the Ducks twice (1997 and 1999), took the 2009 semifinal series in seven games, and defeated the Ducks at Honda Center in game 7 in 2013. The 2013 playoff series also saw this hit from Justin Abdelkader on Toni Lydman:
It's hard not to hate a team that has had so much success. Now former head coach Mike Babcock rejected a deal from the Ducks to become the head coach for the Red Wings after leading Anaheim to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, and he was able to extend Detroit's playoff appearance streak to 24 straight seasons and coach the team to two back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals.
2. Los Angeles Kings
Since becoming relevant in 2012 the Kings have been an unbearable presence in California and the NHL. Whether it be their fans from 2012-present day, the general thuggery that they ice every night (Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll, Jonathan Quick and soon Milan Lucic):
Or this guy:
The Kings are the perfect rival to hate.
1. Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars have always had some player that the entire league can't stand. This long list includes but is not limited to:
Mike Ribeiro: known hater of Saku Koivu.
Oh, and did I mention that their Stanley Cup was won on a controversial goal that should have been recalled. So, yeah, they're the worst.