Confirming what was already reported here on sportslogos.net two days ago, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim owner Henry Samueli announced the club will be changing their name to the Anaheim Ducks in time for the 2006/07 season.
“In selecting the name the Anaheim Ducks, we are respecting the heritage of a tremendous organization that has been a very important and visible part of the community, not to mention Western Conference champions and a Stanley Cup finalist,” Samueli said in a statement.
The club is also expected to unveil new logos, uniforms and a new colour scheme in the coming weeks. According to our sources the new colour scheme will be green and orange and feature a logo somewhat similar in style to their current alternate jersey logo.
“Anaheim Ducks feels great.”, said Ducks forward Teemu Selanne, who is currently in his second stint with the club, “The Ducks were part of the original name. Maybe the ‘Mighty’ was more about the Disney side of it.”
The club had apparently considered “hundreds” of options when it came to the name change, such as the Anaheim Bears and Anaheim Condors.
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were originally named in 1993 after the Disney film “The Mighty Ducks”, a movie about a Minnesota youth hockey club which led to two sequels.
At the time the name made hockey traditionalists cringe and made kids want to buy the merchandise. It even led to other teams trying to cash in on movie cross promotions when the Toronto Raptors joined the NBA two years later.