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The Mighty Ducks is a series of three live-action films and one animated film released in the 1990s by Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures is an American film studio owned by The Walt Disney Company. Walt Disney Pictures and Television, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Studios and the main production company for live-action feature films within the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, based at the Walt Disney...

. The movies revolve around a Twin Cities ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

 team, composed of young players that stick together throughout various challenges. Despite its negative reviews by movie critics, the trilogy's commercial success paved the way for the creation of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California, USA. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League...

, (now the Anaheim Ducks) NHL
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which 7 are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States...

 team as well as a related animated series called Mighty Ducks.

The films still remain popular today, and were spoofed in a 2006 episode
Stanley's Cup
"Stanley's Cup" is episode 1014 of Comedy Central's South Park. It originally aired on November 15, 2006. This is the season finale of Season 10 of South Park. It parodies the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks.-Plot:...

 of South Park
South Park
South Park is an American animated television series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become famous for its crude language, surreal, satirical, and dark humor that lampoons a wide range of topics...

.

A "Mighty Ducks" area, with related decor, is retained in Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is a resort hotel located at the Walt Disney World Resort. It is one of four Disney Resorts in the "Value" category along with Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's All-Star Music Resort, and Disney's Pop Century Resort. The resort is located on the southern...

 hotel at Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort
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.

Basil McRae
Basil McRae
Basil McRae played his major junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey Association .In the 1980 NHL entry draft, the Quebec Nordiques drafted McRae in the 3rd round, 87th overall...

, Mike Modano
Mike Modano
Michael Thomas Modano, Jr. is a retired American professional ice hockey player, who most notably played for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise. He is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader amongst American-born players in the NHL, as well as the last active player in the NHL...

, Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Douglas Gretzky, CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. Nicknamed "The Great One", he is generally regarded as the best player in the history of the National Hockey League , and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters,...

, Luc Robitaille
Luc Robitaille
Luc Robitaille is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. During his 19-season National Hockey League career, Robitaille won a Stanley Cup in 2001–02 with the Detroit Red Wings, and played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, but is most known for his fourteen seasons,...

, Chris Chelios
Chris Chelios
Christos Kostas Tselios is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently the Executive Advisor to Ken Holland, the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, a role that Steve Yzerman held before leaving to become general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.Chelios played...

, Cam Neely
Cam Neely
Cameron Michael Neely is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played right wing for the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League from 1983 to 1996. He currently serves as the president of the Boston Bruins.-Playing career:Cam Neely was born in Comox,...

 and Paul Kariya
Paul Kariya
Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League . Known as a skilled and fast-skating offensive player, he played in the NHL for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St...

 have made cameo appearances in the films.

Plot synopses

The Mighty Ducks
The Mighty Ducks
The Mighty Ducks is the first film in The Mighty Ducks trilogy, produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and originally released on October 2, 1992. In the UK and Australia, the film was titled Champions...

 (1992
1992 in film
The year 1992 in film involved many significant films. -Top grossing films:-Awards:Academy AwardsGolden Globe AwardsNational Film Awards...

)
Director
Film director
A film director is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic nathan roach, while guiding the technical crew and actors.-Responsibilities:...

 
Stephen Herek
Stephen Herek
Stephen Robert Herek is an American film director.Herek was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin. His career as film director took off in 1986 with Critters followed by Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure where he worked with Keanu Reeves in 1989...

Screenplay
Screenplay
A screenplay or script is a written work that is made especially for a film or television program. Screenplays can be original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing. In them, the movement, actions, expression, and dialogues of the characters are also narrated...

 
Steven Brill
Steven Brill (scriptwriter)
Steven Brill is an American actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter. He directed and co-wrote Little Nicky and directed Mr. Deeds, Without A Paddle, Heavyweights and Drillbit Taylor. He has had cameo roles in all three Mighty Ducks movies, and appeared in The Wedding Singer, Mr...

 (written by)
Producer
Film producer
A film producer oversees and delivers a film project to all relevant parties while preserving the integrity, voice and vision of the film. They will also often take on some financial risk by using their own money, especially during the pre-production period, before a film is fully financed.The...

 
Jon Avnet
Jon Avnet
Jonathan Michael "Jon" Avnet is an American director, writer and producer.-Early life:Avnet was born in Brooklyn, the son of Joan Bertha and Lester Francis Avnet, a corporate executive and electronics distributor. He attended Great Neck North High School in Great Neck, New York...

, Jordan Kerner
Jordan Kerner
Jordan Kerner is an American film producer, who was born on February 5, 1950 in Los Angeles, California.- Biography :Kerner began his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California. He subsequently transferred to Stanford University where he graduated in 1972 with distinction and...

Release Date October 2, 1992
MPAA rating
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PG
Color/B&W Color
Aspect ratio 1.85 : 1
Runtime 100 minutes,
Alternate Titles Champions (UK), Mighty Ducks Are The Champions (UK video title), Mighty Ducks: Das Superteam (D
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

)
D2: The Mighty Ducks
D2: The Mighty Ducks
D2: The Mighty Ducks is the second film in The Mighty Ducks trilogy and the first theatrical sequel to The Mighty Ducks. It was produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and it was originally released on March 25, 1994...

 (1994
1994 in film
1994 was a significant year in film.The top grosser worldwide was The Lion King, which to date stands as the highest-grossing traditionally-animated film of all time...

)
Director
Film director
A film director is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic nathan roach, while guiding the technical crew and actors.-Responsibilities:...

 
Sam Weisman
Sam Weisman
Sam Weisman is an American film director. He has directed the films D2: The Mighty Ducks, Bye Bye Love, George of the Jungle, The Out-of-Towners, What's the Worst That Could Happen?, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star....

Screenplay
Screenplay
A screenplay or script is a written work that is made especially for a film or television program. Screenplays can be original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing. In them, the movement, actions, expression, and dialogues of the characters are also narrated...

 
Steven Brill
Steven Brill (scriptwriter)
Steven Brill is an American actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter. He directed and co-wrote Little Nicky and directed Mr. Deeds, Without A Paddle, Heavyweights and Drillbit Taylor. He has had cameo roles in all three Mighty Ducks movies, and appeared in The Wedding Singer, Mr...

 (characters) (written by)
Producer
Film producer
A film producer oversees and delivers a film project to all relevant parties while preserving the integrity, voice and vision of the film. They will also often take on some financial risk by using their own money, especially during the pre-production period, before a film is fully financed.The...

 
Jon Avnet
Jon Avnet
Jonathan Michael "Jon" Avnet is an American director, writer and producer.-Early life:Avnet was born in Brooklyn, the son of Joan Bertha and Lester Francis Avnet, a corporate executive and electronics distributor. He attended Great Neck North High School in Great Neck, New York...

, Jordan Kerner
Jordan Kerner
Jordan Kerner is an American film producer, who was born on February 5, 1950 in Los Angeles, California.- Biography :Kerner began his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California. He subsequently transferred to Stanford University where he graduated in 1972 with distinction and...

Release Date March 25, 1994
MPAA rating
MPAA film rating system
The Motion Picture Association of America's film-rating system is used in the U.S. and its territories to rate a film's thematic and content suitability for certain audiences. The MPAA system applies only to motion pictures that are submitted for rating. Other media may be rated by other entities...

 
PG
Color/B&W Color
Aspect ratio 1.85 : 1
Runtime 106 minutes
Alternate Titles The Mighty Ducks 2
D3: The Mighty Ducks
D3: The Mighty Ducks
D3: The Mighty Ducks is the third film in The Mighty Ducks trilogy. It was produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and Walt Disney Pictures, distributed by Buena Vista Distribution, and originally released to movie theaters on October 4, 1996.-Plot:The film opens with team captain Charlie Conway and...

 (1996
1996 in film
Major releases this year included Scream, Independence Day, Fargo, Trainspotting, The English Patient, Twister, Mars Attacks!, Jerry Maguire and a version of Evita starring Madonna.-Events:...

)
Director
Film director
A film director is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic nathan roach, while guiding the technical crew and actors.-Responsibilities:...

 
Robert Leiberman
Screenplay
Screenplay
A screenplay or script is a written work that is made especially for a film or television program. Screenplays can be original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing. In them, the movement, actions, expression, and dialogues of the characters are also narrated...

 
Steven Brill
Steven Brill (scriptwriter)
Steven Brill is an American actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter. He directed and co-wrote Little Nicky and directed Mr. Deeds, Without A Paddle, Heavyweights and Drillbit Taylor. He has had cameo roles in all three Mighty Ducks movies, and appeared in The Wedding Singer, Mr...

 (characters) (screenplay), Kenneth Johnson (story), Jim Burnstein (screenplay, and) (story, and)
Producer
Film producer
A film producer oversees and delivers a film project to all relevant parties while preserving the integrity, voice and vision of the film. They will also often take on some financial risk by using their own money, especially during the pre-production period, before a film is fully financed.The...

 
Veronique Jones
Release Date October 4, 1996
MPAA rating
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The Motion Picture Association of America's film-rating system is used in the U.S. and its territories to rate a film's thematic and content suitability for certain audiences. The MPAA system applies only to motion pictures that are submitted for rating. Other media may be rated by other entities...

 
PG
Color/B&W Color
Aspect ratio 1.85 : 1
Runtime 104 minutes
Alternate Titles Mighty Ducks III - Jetzt mischen sie die Highschool auf (D
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

)
Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off
Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off
Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off is a Disney direct-to-video animated film released on 8 April 1997. It is a compilation of three episodes from the animated television series Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series.-External links:...

 (1997
1997 in home video
-January:*January - RCA announces two DVD players during the CES. -March:*March 1 - DVD launched in the United States. *March 19 - First DVD titles in the United States released.-May:...

)
Director
Film director
A film director is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic nathan roach, while guiding the technical crew and actors.-Responsibilities:...

 
Joe Barruso
Doug Murphy
Blair Peters
Sung Bak Yub
Steve Langley (uncredited)
Screenplay
Screenplay
A screenplay or script is a written work that is made especially for a film or television program. Screenplays can be original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing. In them, the movement, actions, expression, and dialogues of the characters are also narrated...

 
Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Judith Reeves-Stevens
David Wise
David Wise
David Wise is a British video game music composer. He was one of the in-house composers at Rare, and his music appears in many Rare-developed titles. He started his career there in 1985 and was the company's sole musician up until 1994...

 (written by)
Producer
Film producer
A film producer oversees and delivers a film project to all relevant parties while preserving the integrity, voice and vision of the film. They will also often take on some financial risk by using their own money, especially during the pre-production period, before a film is fully financed.The...

 
Lisa Salamone Smith
Release Date April 8, 1997
MPAA rating
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The Motion Picture Association of America's film-rating system is used in the U.S. and its territories to rate a film's thematic and content suitability for certain audiences. The MPAA system applies only to motion pictures that are submitted for rating. Other media may be rated by other entities...

 
PG
Color/B&W Color
Aspect ratio 1.85 : 1
Runtime 70 minutes
Alternative Titles D4: The Mighty Ducks (Europe
Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

)

The Mighty Ducks



After being pulled over for drunk driving, attorney Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez
Emilio Estevez
Emilio Estevez is an American actor, film director, and writer. He started his career as an actor and is well-known for being a member of the acting Brat Pack of the 1980s, starring in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire...

) is sentenced to community service, coaching hockey, a sport he claims to hate. There, he meets the "District 5" peewee hockey team, perennial losers who finish at the bottom of the league standings year after year. They are shut out every game and lose by at least five goals. The players learn Bombay was once a player for the Hawks, an elite team in the same league, but left hockey because of the embarrassment that followed after a failed attempt at a penalty shot at the end of regulation, causing them to lose in overtime, costing them a peewee championship. With the help of Coach Bombay, and a desperately needed infusion of cash and equipment, the players learn the fundamentals of the sport. Soon enough, the District 5 team (now christened the "Ducks", after Bombay's employer, Mr. Ducksworth) start winning games and manage to make the playoffs, reaching the finals and adding new player Adam Banks, an ex-Hawk who is a talented player and an asset for the Ducks. Bombay faces the Hawks, the team he grew up playing for, still led by Jack Reilly (Lane Smith
Lane Smith
Walter Lane Smith III was an American actor. Some of his well known roles included portraying collaborator entrepreneur Nathan Bates in the NBC television series V, Mayor Bates in the film Red Dawn, newspaper editor Perry White in the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,...

), the same coach Bombay played for. Fittingly, the Ducks win the title game on a penalty shot by Bombay's protége, Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson
Joshua Carter Jackson is a Canadian American actor. He has appeared in primetime television and in over 32 film roles. He is best known for playing Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series, Pacey Witter in the television series Dawson's Creek and Peter Bishop in the television series...

). The movie was released in The UK as Champions. It was directed by Stephen Herek
Stephen Herek
Stephen Robert Herek is an American film director.Herek was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin. His career as film director took off in 1986 with Critters followed by Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure where he worked with Keanu Reeves in 1989...

 and this premiered as a television movie
Television movie
A television film is a feature film that is a television program produced for and originally distributed by a television network, in contrast to...

 on ABC
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948...

 in 1995.
Coach: Bombay

Team Captain: Charlie Conway

Rival Team: The Hawks

Moral Conscience: Hans

D2: The Mighty Ducks



Inspired by his own players, Bombay decides to try out in the minor leagues and becomes the star player for the fictional Minnehaha Waves, with an easy pathway to the NHL. After a career-ending knee injury, he is offered a chance to coach a team representing the United States in the Junior Goodwill Games
Goodwill Games
The Goodwill Games was an international sports competition, created by Ted Turner in reaction to the political troubles surrounding the Olympic Games of the 1980s...

. For this, he reunites his Ducks and introduces them to five new players from across the country to form Team USA. However, the lure of celebrity becomes a distraction to both Bombay and the players, and reality kicks in when they lose against Team Iceland in an embarrassing defeat. Frustrated, Bombay drives his players even harder, yet Team USA continues to suffer, until they come across a street hockey team who teaches them how to play like "the real Team USA". New player Russ Tyler (Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his work as a cast member of NBC's long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live...

), who earlier mocked Team USA during its matches, is recruited into the roster. Bombay realizes the most important thing is to have fun and after a change in attitude, the Ducks redeem themselves by working up the playoff ladder to meet Team Iceland in the finals. Team USA proves to be a match for Iceland, but the game ends in a tie, resulting in a shootout, which resulted in Team USA winning.

Coach: Bombay

Team Captain: Charlie Conway

Rival Team: Team Iceland

Moral Conscience: Jan

D3: The Mighty Ducks



The movie shifts focus from Bombay to protége Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson
Joshua Carter Jackson is a Canadian American actor. He has appeared in primetime television and in over 32 film roles. He is best known for playing Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series, Pacey Witter in the television series Dawson's Creek and Peter Bishop in the television series...

). Charlie and his teammates are awarded scholarships to Eden Hall Academy (a fictitious name from crossing Southwestern suburb Eden Prairie
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
As of the census of 2000, there were 54,901 people, 20,457 households, and 14,579 families residing in the city. The population density was . There were 21,026 housing units at an average density of 649.2 per square mile...

, Cretin-Derham Hall, and Saint Thomas Academy
Saint Thomas Academy
Saint Thomas Academy , originally known as Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary, and formerly known as Saint Thomas Military Academy is the only all male, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory, military high school in Minnesota. It is located in Mendota Heights near Saint Paul...

), a prestigious Minnesota high school Bombay attended. Their arrival is met with hostility from the varsity team (mainly consisting of players who are members of rich families, whose younger siblings were not accepted to the academy to make room for the Ducks), as well as Bombay's hand-picked successor, Ted Orion (Jeffrey Nordling
Jeffrey Nordling
Jeffrey Richard Nordling is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Jake Manning in Once and Again, Larry Moss in 24, and Nick Bolen in Desperate Housewives; and in the following films: And the Band Played On, Flight 93, Pirates of Silicon Valley, and the film D3: The Mighty Ducks.-Early...

), whose emphasis on defensive two-way hockey irks Charlie. Not wanting to be on a team led by Orion, who he believes to be a washed-up former professional player, Charlie leaves the team, but rejoins as he learns the truth about Orion from Bombay. Charlie and Orion quickly bond in time for the JV-Varsity Showdown, and thanks in large part to the work of Charlie, the Ducks win on a shorthanded goal in the dying seconds of the game from unlikely goal scorer Greg Goldberg (who is converted from goalie to defenseman).

Coach: Orion

Team Captain: Charlie Conway

Rival Team: The varsity Warriors

Moral Conscience: Hans & Bombay

Opponents


All three films cast an opposing hockey team representing the various obstacles to the team:
  • The rival teams (always all-male) mainly consists of large players of a single ethnic or social background, which the Ducks, a team with smaller players of different races and genders, must overcome.
  • All three rival teams in the three films (the Hawks, Team Iceland and the Varsity Warriors) wear black uniforms.
  • The referees will never call blatant penalties by rival teams, including boarding, cross-checking, tripping, roughing, and hooking.

Team Name


All three films also had the Ducks start off with a different name, but reverts to the Ducks:
  • In D1, they are "District 5", then changed to the Ducks because of Bombay's former boss, Ducksworth.
  • In D2, the Ducks are known as Team USA. In the third period of the final game, the team changes their jerseys and become the Team USA Ducks.
  • In D3, the team starts off as the JV Warriors. The team has an unsupervised scrimmage at dawn, where the team shows up as the Ducks. Orion comes in and breaks up a fight between the two teams, and makes the Ducks take off their jerseys claiming, "The Ducks are dead!" Prior to the JV-Varsity showdown, Orion returns their Ducks jerseys and with their victory over the varsity team, Bombay reveals a banner saying "Eden Hall Ducks.

Goals


Many of the goals the Ducks score are artistic or gimmicky in nature; this is also known as "Duck Danglefest". One of their gimmicks is the Flying V, where all five players skate down the ice in much the same manner as a flock of ducks, the puck being passed around between the squad (interestingly, the team manages to score 2 goals with this maneuver: one in D1 and another in D2; following this, opposing teams defend successfully against it).

In the end to each movie, the Ducks prevail over their opponents by a single goal.

NHL Cameos


Each movie showcases a cameo appearance by National Hockey League
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which 7 are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States...

 players:
  • In the first movie, it is Mike Modano
    Mike Modano
    Michael Thomas Modano, Jr. is a retired American professional ice hockey player, who most notably played for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise. He is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader amongst American-born players in the NHL, as well as the last active player in the NHL...

     and Basil McRae
    Basil McRae
    Basil McRae played his major junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey Association .In the 1980 NHL entry draft, the Quebec Nordiques drafted McRae in the 3rd round, 87th overall...

    .
  • In the second movie, it is Chris Chelios
    Chris Chelios
    Christos Kostas Tselios is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently the Executive Advisor to Ken Holland, the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, a role that Steve Yzerman held before leaving to become general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.Chelios played...

    , Cam Neely
    Cam Neely
    Cameron Michael Neely is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played right wing for the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League from 1983 to 1996. He currently serves as the president of the Boston Bruins.-Playing career:Cam Neely was born in Comox,...

    , Luc Robitaille
    Luc Robitaille
    Luc Robitaille is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. During his 19-season National Hockey League career, Robitaille won a Stanley Cup in 2001–02 with the Detroit Red Wings, and played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, but is most known for his fourteen seasons,...

    , and Wayne Gretzky
    Wayne Gretzky
    Wayne Douglas Gretzky, CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. Nicknamed "The Great One", he is generally regarded as the best player in the history of the National Hockey League , and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters,...

    .
  • In the third movie, it is Paul Kariya
    Paul Kariya
    Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League . Known as a skilled and fast-skating offensive player, he played in the NHL for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St...

    , who at the time, also had been captain for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
    Anaheim Ducks
    The Anaheim Ducks are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California, USA. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League...

    .

Roster



The following is the roster of all players for the Ducks, along with jersey numbers, playing positions and appearances in the three films. Seven of the players appear in all three films (Germaine, Averman, Moreau, Goldberg, Reed, Conway, and Banks). Their coaches are Gordon Bombay (Estevez, D1 and D2) and Ted Orion (Nordling, D3).
No. Player Hometown Position D1 D2 D3 Portrayed By
00 Guy Germaine serves as a model player for the Ducks on the ice and is second only to Banks in terms of skill. In D1, he is part of the "Oreo Line" with the Hall Brothers. He and Connie Moreau are in a relationship as seen by a victory kiss at the end of D1 and a near kiss in the beginning of D2. St. Paul, MN  Garette Ratliff Henson
Garette Ratliff Henson
Garette Patrick Henson is an American actor, best known for his role as Guy Germaine in The Mighty Ducks trilogy.- Biography :...

1 Terry Hall only appears in the first movie and is Jesse's younger brother. Minneapolis, MN  Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett is an American actor and photographer, and is the older brother of actress Jurnee Smollett.He was born in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He is known primarily for his work on On Our Own with his brothers Jojo, Jake, and Jocqui and his sisters Jazz and Jurnee Smollett...

2 Tommy Duncan only appears in the first movie and is Tammy's younger brother. Minneapolis, MN  D
Defenceman (ice hockey)
Defence in ice hockey is a player position whose primary responsibility is to prevent the opposing team from scoring...

 
Danny Tamberelli
Danny Tamberelli
Daniel "Danny" Tamberelli is an American actor and musician.-Biography:Tamberelli played Jackie Radowski on the television series The Baby-Sitters Club shortly before more notably playing Little Pete on the Nickelodeon television show The Adventures of Pete & Pete and provided the voice for Arnold...

4 Dave/Lester Averman serves as a goofball and deadpan snarker of the team. He can contribute on the ice but has trouble dealing with opposing enforcers. Averman is the second most injured person in the series, tied with Guy. Brooklyn Park, MN  Matt Doherty
Matt Doherty (actor)
Matt Doherty born 22 June 1978 in Harvey, Illinois USA. He graduated with a Theater degree from Northwestern University in 1999, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity....

5 Tammy Duncan only appears in the first movie and serves as the team's figure skater. Minneapolis, MN  F Jane Plank
6 Julie "The Cat" Gaffney has the quick glove and is the team's second goalkeeper. Although she is the better of the two team goalies, Julie does not become the starter until D3. Her reputation as "The Cat" is cemented when she stops Iceland's Gunner Stahl's shot to give the Ducks the championship in the Junior Goodwill Games. She is one of the reasons the Ducks won their final games with her miracle saves. Bangor, ME  G
Goaltender
In ice hockey, the goaltender is the player who defends his team's goal net by stopping shots of the puck from entering his team's net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring...

 
Colombe Jacobsen
Colombe Jacobsen
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine is an American chef and actress. She attended the Natural Gourmet School in New York City, and competed in the 2007 season of The Next Food Network Star...

7 Dwayne Robertson is a ranch hand and the best puckhandler. Dwayne provides much of the team's comic relief with his southern demeanor and tendency to show off. Austin, TX  Ty O'Neal
Ty O'Neal
-Career:He is best known for playing the ice-skating cowboy, Dwayne Robertson, in D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks. In 2001 he portrayed real life outlaw Clell Miller in American Outlaws along side Colin Farrell, Scott Caan and Gabriel Macht....

9 Jesse Hall is a forward who does not attend Eden Hall with the rest of the Ducks in D3. His loudmouth, outspoken attitude sometimes gets him into trouble, but at the same time enables the Ducks to form their friendship with new recruits Adam Banks in D1 and Russ Tyler in D2. Minneapolis, MN  Brandon Quintin Adams
Brandon Quintin Adams
Brandon Quintin Adams is an American actor known for his playing Jesse Hall in the first two Mighty Ducks movies and Kenny DeNunez in The Sandlot....

11 Dave Karp only appears in the first movie. Comedic and light-hearted, Karp loves to play pranks. Minneapolis, MN  D
Defenceman (ice hockey)
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Aaron Schwartz
Aaron Schwartz
Aaron Schwartz is an American actor, who is best known for the role of Dave Karp in the Disney film The Mighty Ducks and the lead role of Gerald Garner in Heavyweights. In addition to his two film roles, Aaron played Clem in three episodes of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, and appeared in one...

16 Ken Wu is a former Olympic figure skater who bedazzles opponents with his acrobatic, stylistic techniques and sets up scoring opportunities. After taking what he has learned from Russ Tyler's LA Street Hockey Team and standing up against an Iceland team member twice his size, Ken became dubbed by Fulton and Portman as "Little Bash Brother". San Francisco, CA  Justin Wong
18 Connie Moreau is the recurring, independent female team player of the Ducks and is extremely proud of it. She and teammates Guy Germaine have a relationship. In the first movie, Averman refers to her as "the velvet hammer." Minneapolis, MN  Marguerite Moreau
Marguerite Moreau
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21 Dean Portman is the team's heavy enforcer that gives the Ducks a physical presence on the ice. He is close friends with fellow enforcer Fulton Reed and one half of the "Bash Brothers." He does not attend Eden Hall, but does return for the JV-Varsity showdown in the last 15 minutes of the third movie. Chicago, IL  D
Defenceman (ice hockey)
Defence in ice hockey is a player position whose primary responsibility is to prevent the opposing team from scoring...

 
Aaron Lohr
Aaron Lohr
Aaron Lohr is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his role as Dean Portman, one of the "Bash Brothers" in The Mighty Ducks movies...

22 Luis Mendoza is the team's fastest skater, having been clocked 1.9 seconds from blue line to blue line. Unfortunately, Luis has trouble stopping, which causes humorous collisions in the games. He's only shown being able to stop once in D2. Miami, FL  Mike Vitar
Mike Vitar
Michael Vitar is an American former child actor who most notably appeared in The Sandlot as Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez and as Luis Mendoza in D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks. He started acting at the age of 12 when a casting manager spotted him in line for a ride at a school carnival...

24 Peter Mark only appears in the first movie. A player with an attitude and induces conflict, he leads a walkout on Coach Bombay. Minneapolis, MN  J.D. Daniels
33 Greg Goldberg is originally from Philadelphia, but lives in Minnesota. Although the weaker and less skilled goalie than Julie Gaffney, Goldberg has the better stick as opposed to Gaffney's glove and is known for his flatulence. In D3, he switches positions from goalie to defenseman. Goldberg also scores winning goal in D3, with an assist from Conway. Philadelphia, PA  G
Goaltender
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Defenceman (ice hockey)
Defence in ice hockey is a player position whose primary responsibility is to prevent the opposing team from scoring...

 
Shaun Weiss
Shaun Weiss
Shaun Weiss is an American television and film actor. Weiss started his acting career as Elvis on Pee-wee's Playhouse. He is best known for his portrayal of Greg Goldberg in The Mighty Ducks films. Shaun also has a cult following for his role as Josh in the Disney film Heavyweights...

44 Fulton Reed is initially at outsider but is recruited by the Ducks when Bombay notices his powerful, but inaccurate (1 out of 5 are successful) slapshot (it is so devastating it can leave an imprint of the puck in a goalie's palm). Close friends with Dean Portman and fiercely loyal to Charlie Conway, Reed is shy and reserved, but shows his loyalty by standing up for the Ducks when the Hawks bully them. Like Charlie, he has trouble adapting to Coach Orion at the outset of D3. Reed is the other half of the "Bash Brothers" and the only player on the team to have his or her first name on the back of the jersey. Stillwater, MN  Elden Henson
Elden Henson
Elden Henson is an American actor. He is best known for playing Fulton Reed in the Mighty Ducks trilogy with Emilio Estevez, and playing Lenny Kagan in The Butterfly Effect....

56 Russ Tyler is local boy from Los Angeles
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 who teaches the team how to play "for real" following a major upset against Team Iceland in D2. He is recruited into the roster following Adam Banks' wrist injury. Russ fashions his trademark "knucklepuck", a slapshot that curves in a sine curve rather than a direct, straight shot, and is very loquacious.
Los Angeles, CA  Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson
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96 - Captain Charlie Conway is the leader, heart and soul of the team. Although not the fastest, skilled nor strongest player, Charlie is extremely loyal to the Ducks and to his coach, possessing the greatest leadership qualities among his teammates. After Adam Banks got injured during the Junior Goodwill Games, he recruited Russ Tyler for the Ducks. Once Adam was able to return right before the last game he chose to be the bench coach so no one had to give up their spot. He views Gordon Bombay as a surrogate father and grieves when his mentor leaves the team. He eventually learns how to lead the Ducks as Team Captain under new coach Ted Orion in D3 and records the game winning assist against the varsity team in D3. Joshua Jackson as Charlie Conway is one of Jackson's more famous roles. Minneapolis, MN  Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson
Joshua Carter Jackson is a Canadian American actor. He has appeared in primetime television and in over 32 film roles. He is best known for playing Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series, Pacey Witter in the television series Dawson's Creek and Peter Bishop in the television series...

99 Adam Banks is the most talented and skilled player on the team. Originally a Hawk, Adam is forced to join the Ducks when it is discovered he lives in District 5. Upon his entry, the Ducks envy his wealth and question his heart, nicknaming him "Cake Eater"; only Charlie accepts him into the fold. Adam slowly gains the respect and loyalty of his new teammates. In D3, Adam's skill allows him to join the varsity team at Eden Hall Academy, much to his displeasure. Fortunately, Adam returns to his teammates' side at the JV-Varsity Showdown. Through out the trilogy, Adam has been the one to sustain the most injuries out of the entire team. Edina, MN  Vincent Larusso
Vincent Larusso
Vincent "Sween" Angelo LaRusso is an American actor. He is most known for playing the character of "Adam Banks" in The Mighty Ducks trilogy. LaRusso plays the bass, and he graduated from Madison High School in New Jersey and Boston University's School of Management...


Box office performance

Film Release date US Box office revenue Budget Reference
The Mighty Ducks October 2, 1992 $50,752,337 $10,000,000
D2: The Mighty Ducks March 25, 1994 $45,604,206 --
D3: The Mighty Ducks October 4, 1996 $22,936,273 --
Total $119,292,816 $10,000,000
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Critical reaction

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The Mighty Ducks 12% (26 reviews) 0% (5 reviews) B- (7997 ratings)
D2: The Mighty Ducks 15% (13 reviews) N/A (1 review) B (2012 ratings)
D3: The Mighty Ducks 20% (15 reviews) N/A (4 reviews) C+ (5654 ratings)
Trilogy average 16%