The Anaheim Ducks (formerly known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim) are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). The club announced the name change January 26, 2006, and formally changed its name five months later.
When founded in 1993, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were owned by The Walt Disney Company. The team's original name was chosen from the Disney movie The Mighty Ducks, based on a group of misfit teens who turn their losing youth hockey team into a winner. Disney subsequently made an animated series called The Mighty Ducks, featuring a fictional Mighty Ducks of Anaheim team that consisted of anthropomorphized ducks.
After missing the playoffs in their first three seasons, the Mighty Ducks finished 1996/97 fourth in the West, earning home-ice advantage for a first-round playoff series with the Phoenix Coyotes. After winning the series in the full seven games, Anaheim was swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks returned to the playoffs in 1998/99, but once again lost in four to the Red Wings, this time in the Western Quarterfinals.
On January 26, 2006, the team announced, effective with the 2006/07 season, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim would change their name to the Anaheim Ducks. This included logo and team colour changes which were unveiled at a special ceremony five months later.
Defeating the Florida Panthers on the road 5-4 in December 2006, the Anaheim Ducks broke a franchise record for their sixth road win in a row. They also improved their record that night to 24-3-6 54 Points. No team having played 33 games had reached 54 points since the 1979 Philadelphia Flyers.
The same month, the Ducks beat the Atlanta Thrashers to improve their road record to 12-1-2. The 26 points set the NHL mark for the most points on the road through 15 games. The previous record-holders, 1951-52 Detroit Red Wings had 25 points (10-0-5).