In an obvious move that will flood Katella Ave and Douglas Rd with the joyful tears of 17,000+ fans, the Ducks have announced that they will host a “Hall of Fame Night” before their game against the Florida Panthers on November 19th. The team will honor franchise legends Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya for being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame the week prior.
The club has confirmed that both Selanne and Kariya will be in the building and will be participating in the ceremony. This marks the first time that the two legends will be on Honda Center ice together since March 4th, 2001.
Special team store merchandise commemorating the occasion will be available for sale the night of the game only. Owners Henry and Susan Samueli have stated that every single penny of the merchandise sales from that night will be donated to local Orange County charities that will be specified at a later date.
This is not only a momentous occasion for honoring two franchise greats and their immortilization in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but also because this will be the first event that Kariya will be participating in as a member of the Ducks organization since the 2003 offseason. This ceremony could easily open the door for an eventual Kariya number retirement, as it appears much of the ill-will between the organization and the former captain has melted away.
I would like to recommend anyone attending the game that night bring plenty of tissues. I would also like to recommend to the Samuelis to start saving some of the ticket revenue for games up until that point to help fund the purchase of a new roof for Honda Center in anticipation of it being blown clean off that night.