Who are the Anaheim Ducks? With the help of our readers, we set out on a journey to answer this very question.
Over the past few seasons, the Anaheim Ducks have, in some capacity, lost their way. The team that was once a fierce competitor throughout the regular season and well into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, has fallen back down to earth, and they have fallen hard, taking their fans on the painful journey with them.
After years of success and exciting moments, it’s hard not to focus on the negative aspects that have since plagued this organization. For those of us who have been fans since the glory days, or even well before, we have witnessed this so-called identity crisis and it has caused us to ask a very relevant question. Who are the Anaheim Ducks?
When there is so much ebb and flow within the competitive National Hockey Leauge, it may seem hard to answer that question. How do you define who a team is when things are constantly changing at a moment’s notice? Nevertheless, there is always some consistency, no matter how much, or how little, things seem to change.
Of course, we could not set out on this journey to define the Anaheim Ducks organization without you, our wonderful readers and supporters. A few days ago, we asked you to share with us one positive word that you believe defines the Anaheim Ducks. As always, you did not disappoint, and after narrowing it down, we have come up with 7 positive words or phrases that we believe define our favorite team, the Anaheim Ducks.
With everything that has happened over the last three seasons, Anaheim Ducks fans need something to hold onto, and the prospect of what the future of this franchise could look like is cause for excitement. It is definitely going to be a long road back to relevance, but with players like Trevor Zegras, Brayden Tracey, and whoever the Ducks draft with their first pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in their system, its a journey that may seem worth it in the end.
While these prospects are the light of Anaheim Ducks fans’ lives, it’s easy to forget that we also have talented players such as Sam Steel, Max Jones, and Max Comtois in our system. They will still be relatively young when the Ducks are competitive again. With players like Hampus Lindholm, John Gibson, and Rickard Rakell hopefully still on the team as well, the future is something that can help Ducks fans remain positive during these difficult times.
Perseverance is defined as persistence in pressing forward despite the difficulties that lay ahead or behind. The Anaheim Ducks have always been a team that, despite their many difficulties or major disconnects, have had the ability to press on and continue towards their common goals. While I think we can all agree that it may have been difficult to see this characteristic in the Anaheim Ducks over the past few seasons, there has been growth within the team, whether it is in a single player or the team as a whole. Perseverance doesn’t have to be a big spectacle Growth, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction.
Determination and perseverance are two qualities that go hand in hand. Granted, the Ducks have not been as determined as in seasons past, but there are a lot of issues that need to be solved throughout the organization. Losing has been difficult for them, but the team as a whole has seemed determined to solve their problems, even if their progress is slower than what seems normal for Anaheim.
The Comeback Kids
We recently celebrated the anniversary of the Comeback on Katella, one of the greatest moments in Anaheim Ducks history. However, this isn’t the first, nor was it the last time the Ducks made monumental comebacks. It seems as though whenever we count the team as out, they find a way to come back and surprise not just the fans and the other team, but themselves as well.
How can we leave out a word that has singlehandedly defined the organization since its inception? Despite their name change in ’06, the Anaheim Ducks have always been and will forever be Mighty.
Your Anaheim Ducks Captain, Ryan Getzlaf
We saved the best for last, because in all reality, the Anaheim Ducks would not be who they are today without their incredible Captain, Ryan Getzlaf. While one player does not necessarily define an organization, Getzlaf comes pretty close.
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In his 15 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, he has become a cornerstone that will unite both the past and the future of this franchise. Playing 1053 games with Anaheim, he has dressed in more games with the Ducks than any player in their 26-year history. However, it is not just his incredible stats that make him such a key piece to this team, it is his incredible leadership skills that have carried the team through all the highs and lows.
It has become apparent, especially over the last two seasons, that Getzlaf has the ability to singlehandedly carry this team to victory. After 15 seasons, he has yet to slow down. We started this article talking about the future, and we end with another important piece to the puzzle. Without Getzy, the future of Anaheim would not seem as bright as it does right now. The prospects should count themselves lucky to learn from such a wise and wonderful mentor such as Ryan Getzlaf.
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