The Anaheim Ducks joined the NHL as an expansion team before the 1993 season. The Ducks missed the playoffs the first three years of their existence before finally earning a postseason berth in year 4. Anaheim has reached the playoffs nine times over the years and they have won a division title twice. The Ducks have won two conference championships with the pinnacle of the franchise coming in the 2006-2007 season. Anaheim hoisted the Stanley Cup trophy at the end of the season after defeating the Ottawa Senators in five games. Defenseman Scott Niedermayer led the Ducks during the postseason and was named recipient of the Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason by scoring 11 points throughout the playoffs. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Anaheim Ducks hockey tickets.
2016 Ducks Season Preview
The Anaheim Ducks rolled into last season with hopes of a Stanley Cup title. The Ducks rode one of the most potent offensive attacks in the NHL to the best points total in the Western Conference, and drove through the first two rounds of the Western Conference Playoffs. Anaheim would eventually fall one excruciating game short of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.
For the 2nd year in a row, the Ducks were beaten in game 6 and 7 to lose a playoff series, and the mantra around the Ducks coming into the 2015 season will be to finish. To help push Anaheim over the top, the Ducks brought in Kevin Kieksa, Carl Hagelin, and Shawn Horcoff, in what was a very active offseason in Southern California. Longtime captain Ryan Getzlaf will continue to be the focal point of what looks to be an incredibly motivated 2015 Anaheim Ducks roster. The Ducks might be the consensus favorite to win the Western Conference, and the Stanley Cup coming into the season. Anaheim will have to put their recent playoff disappointments behind them to get there.
Anaheim Ducks Hockey at Honda Center Address: 2695 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, California, 92806
The Ducks play all their home games at the Honda Center, located in Anaheim, California. When filled to capacity, the Honda Center holds over 17,000 screaming fans. “The Pond” has held numerous sporting events throughout the years including UFC fights, NCAA basketball tournaments, and WWE events. The Anaheim Ducks home bench is on the Honda Center rink side in front of sections 208-209. Honda Center parking information is covered in our Ducks event guide.
Ducks vs. Sharks
The Ducks came into the NHL in 1993, and it was a natural rivalry between northern and southern California almost right away. They two faced off in first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where the Ducks won in six games. The Sharks won Game 5 in OT to force it back to Anaheim, but the Ducks put them away in Game 6.
Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup, Western Conference Championship, and NHL Playoffs
Ducks fans will remember one season above the others when it comes to the Stanley Cup Finals, and that 2006-07 campaign ended with a Stanley Cup Championship. Beating the Wild and Canucks early on in the playoffs, the Ducks faced off against the Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals. A six-game series win led to a Finals match up with the Senators, whom they dispensed in Game 5 to win the franchises one and only Stanley Cup.
Anaheim Ducks Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to a Ducks game?
Doors at Honda Center open 90 minutes before the puck drops.
Where are good places to eat before a Ducks game?
The Lazy Dog Café is only a short distance from Honda Center is one of the best American food restaurants in the area. If you enjoy going to brewpubs try Alcatraz Brewing Company, or JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery, as they are both great options. Italian food fans have to try Tutto Fresco. Tutto is close to Honda Center, has great food, and an even better atmosphere. If you are looking for a higher end dining experience try Prime Cut Café & Wine bar, you will not be disappointed. Other great places in the area are Mascarpone’s, Green Tomato Grill, and Anepalco’s Café.
Where is the best place to park at Honda Center?
There are 5 large parking lots surrounding Honda Center. 3 of the 5 lots are on the eastern half of the arena and we recommend trying there first. The next largest lot is on the southwest corner of Honda Center and usually has spots available as well. Parking costs are usually between $20-$30 and it is best to get to the area early to ensure you find a spot close to the arena.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Ducks game?
Children under the age of 2 will be allowed to enter Honda Center without a ticket and must sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game. It is best practice to bring proof of your child’s age with you to the gate to ensure they are allowed to enter.