I wanted to discuss the Mighty Ducks franchise on this blog..
...but the first film was released in 1992.
And the sequel was released in 1994. However..
The real life Mighty Ducks debuted in 1993. As with all modern expansion teams, the Mighty Ducks used their first pick on a goalie. Guy Hebert is as American as apple pie, yet his name was pronounced
I haven't seen these movies since I was a teen. (I'm trying to convince my daughters to watch them with me. They haven't shown any interest -- yet.) And so I completely forgot that Keenan Thompson was the 'knuckle puck' kid. (Also, you might recognize this young actor from another coming-of-age sports classic.)
The fictional Ducks goalies are unforgettable, even for a senile old man like myself. There's Goldberg of course:
Trailblazing netminder Manon Rheaume likely inspired the addition of a female goalie for the sequel. Enter Julie "the Cat" Gaffney:
I definitely had a little crush on her back in the day.
Nowadays, Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine is an accomplished chef. She's appeared on The Next Food Network Star and curated a culinary blog with recipes for healthy meals and snacks.
As mentioned in the movie, the NHL franchise is named after the movie franchise (both were owned by Disney.)
In the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim used their first-ever pick (fourth overall) to select Hall of Famer Paul Kariya. He would have his own Hollywood moment a decade later.
In the Stanley Cup Final against New Jersey, Kariya was knocked out with a legal cross-ice check by Devils' captain Scott Stevens.
He would return later that period to score a dramatic goal for the Ducks.