Source: Joe Van Wetering Illustration

Source: Joe Van Wetering Illustration

The Evolution of the Ducks Jersey


Since 1992, the Anaheim Ducks have adorn several different jersey designs. Some have been very memorable, and some we just want to forget.

The Beginning:

Disney purchased the script rights from two Los Angeles writers and created the Mighty Ducks.

The Mighty Ducks District 5Film Jersey 1992

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Creation of the NHL Logo & Colors:

(Excerpts of Kerner & Eisner taken from the Times : Oral History of the Mighty Ducks)

KERNER: One day as we were doing the second movie, Michael said to me, “I’m going to buy — I, Disney, we, Disney — are going to buy an NHL franchise. And we want your designers, to create a new logo.” And they did that. And we did it. And they had this idea of a Jason mask, and we had the idea of crossing bones behind it as the sticks. It was a little more graphic than the image that we ended up with. They decided it was a little too gruesome and we needed to use the sticks. And we all loved the Jason mask, and we did a version of the uniforms with all that on it in the District 5 colors: the green, gold and purple. And Michael said, “Oh, no, no. We’re not using those colors.” And I said, “What colors are we using?” And he said, “Oh, we’re using aubergine and teal.” And I said, “Michael, what — I know what teal is. What’s aubergine?” And he said, “Well, it’s kind of purple, kind of a maroon purple.” And I said, “These are such ’90s colors. The Dolphins got away with the sort of Miami Vice colors because it was so attached to that show and the ’80s and all that stuff. They got away with it. And so they’re still like one of the only teams that has colors like that. But these are not hockey colors. Don’t do this.”  He chuckled and he said, “Do you want to tell the costume designer or do you want me to?”

EISNER: I’d like to say there was a lot of studious research and thoughtful analysis, but there was none. Basically we were very interested in Anaheim. Bruce McNall, who was owner of the Kings decided that it would be a good idea for Southern California to have a second hockey team. He called me up and said would Disney be interested in having a hockey team. I said no about four times. And then one day I was thinking, “Boy, we’re building a second park in Anaheim, and they were really having trouble with this arena. Maybe I could be helpful to Anaheim and bring a hockey team to the arena, which otherwise was sort of millstone around Anaheim’s neck.” So I called up Bruce and said, “Yes, Bruce. We would.” And then we quickly negotiated the deal, and there was an owners meeting in Florida which I had to go to called in a very short period of time. And the night before I got on the plane, we talked about what were we going to call it. And I said, “Well, why don’t we call it the Mighty Ducks?” And not enough people disagreed with me. So I had our costume department make a Mighty Ducks logo, which I think at that time was very similar to The Mighty Ducks movie logos, although we changed the logo and made it, you know — upgraded somewhat for hockey. And I showed up at the owners meeting with a sweatshirt on saying the Mighty Ducks. And they all said, “Fine.”

NHL Jersey Designs:

1993-1995 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Inaugural Season:

The White Home jersey made it's debut on Friday October 8th, 1993.

 

For the last 5 games of the Inaugural season, the Ducks wore a FGW Mickey Mouse Ear Patch. The FGW Mickey Ears Patch was to honor the memory of Walt Disney Company's president Frank G. Wells who died in a helicopter accident on April 3, 1994.

1995-1996 Wild Wing Third Jersey:

In the 1995-1996 Season, the Mighty Ducks was one of the first 5 teams in the NHL to participate in the third jersey program. Unfortunately, it was not well received by players, fans, and press. Coach Wilson referred to the jerseys as being "loud". He added "We came out wanting to be as cute as our jerseys. Some say those jerseys are ugly. Well, we played like that. We played ugly hockey." 

Referring to Wild Wings mishaps with failing to jump through a ring of fire, getting stuck in the rafters while repelling down, and jumping through a flameless ring.

Wilson said, "At least they made sure he was going in the right direction". "He should be in a wheelchair"

"Carrying a fire extinguisher," winger Garry Valk said.

"Hanging by a rope," Wilson said. "I'll probably get fired for saying that." He added, "I've got nothing against the modern uniforms," he said. "It's more like Europe, that's all. It doesn't matter what you're wearing. Why should that have anything to do with the way you play?"

Defenseman Bobby Dollas said "It's very European...... I was looking at the bottom to see if there were any flames, though."

Center Shaun Van Allen said "I think the color looks really good," he said. "You put the jersey on, and a lot of people don't care what it looks like as long as it's got your number and your name on it."

The third jersey was worn for only 6 games : 1/27 4-5 loss against Los Angeles, 2/2 3-4 loss against Hartford, 3/3 2-2 tie against Tampa Bay, 3/8 3-2 win over Buffalo, 4/3 1-0 win over Edmonton, & 4/12 5-3 win over Dallas

Even though they were poorly perceived, the jersey has become a cult following throughout the years. The game worn jerseys are extremely difficult to come-by, and unknown players sell for a ton of money. The Official replicas go for a lot as well, and it has become one of the most counterfeited jerseys.

1996-1997 Mighty Ducks Home & Away Jerseys with Wild Wing Shoulder Patches

On October 3 &4 , 1997. The Vancouver Canucks and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim held their home opener in Japan. This marked the first time that games played by NHL teams outside of North America counted in the league standings.

 

1997-2000 Two Third jerseys added.

The Jade jersey was retired after the 1998-1999 season, while the white lasted until the end of the 2000 season.

2002-2003 season: Miegray becomes the Ducks Official Jersey Authentication Group

During the 2002-2003 Season, the team advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils. Unfortunately, the Mighty Ducks lost in game 7. J.S. Giguere was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. The Stanley Cup Finals patch was sewed onto the right shoulder of the jersey.

 

 

For the 2003-2004 season and beyond, The NHL decided to switch it up a bit by having the dark colored jerseys as the home jersey and the white jerseys for Away Games.

 

2003-2006 Third Jersey is added.

 

A NEW ERA

The Walt Disney Company sold the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to Henry Samueli for $75 million dollars in 2005. The Mighty Ducks remained "Mighty" for one more season until the Samueli's made drastic changes regarding the name and uniforms.

 

2006-2007 Season: New Home and Away jerseys

The Mighty Ducks were no more, and the Anaheim Ducks were born. Along with the name change, the eggplant, jade, white, and silver colors were replaced with Black, Gold, and Orange. The iconic logo was removed and replaced with a "Anaheim Ducks" lettered logo.

"I really love the new look and thank the Samuelis for giving me a chance to have input on the design," winger Teemu Selanne said.

During the 2006-2007 season, the Anaheim Ducks advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. They defeated the Ottawa Senators in 5 games. The jerseys have a Stanley Cup Finals patch on the right shoulder.

Game Worn Collectors Note: The Home Jerseys were never sold to the general public. The players kept the home jerseys. Only the Away jerseys worn in game 3 & 4 were auctioned off. Some players had two jerseys, while others had one. Game issued away and warmup jerseys were sold as well.

Meigray is no longer the Anaheim Ducks Jersey Authentication group in the 2006-2007 season.

2007-2014 Season: Home & Away Jersey

The following season after winning the Stanley cup, the Anaheim Ducks upgraded their jerseys a tad bit by changing the neck design and reducing the chest crest.

2010-2014 season:

A new third jersey is added with the Webbed Ducks Foot D logo as the main crest. Mighty Ducks logo makes a return as a shoulder patch.

Before the 2011-2012 season, Former Duck Ruslan Salei tragically died in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster. To honor their fallen friend, the Anaheim Ducks wore the #24 patch on their Home, Away, and Third jerseys from October 14 (Home Opener) to November 17th.

Game worn Collectors Note: Jerseys were auctioned online. Proceeds went to the Anaheim Ducks Foundation & a non-profit that the Salei family chosen.

 

2013-2014 20th Anniversary:

The Ducks wore a 20th anniversary patch on their Home, Away, and throwback jerseys.

Game worn Collectors Note: A large amount of jerseys from the 2012-2013 season were re-used for the 2013-2014 season. The Ducks were in the process of eliminating the Home & Away Jersey designs, so they re-used jerseys and used up their remaining stock. Also, Several players had more than one jersey per set.

On October 13, 2013, the Anaheim Ducks celebrated their 20th anniversary by having their very first throwback night. The night included 90's hits, 90's jumbo tron animation among other festivities. The Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators.

Game Worn Collector's Note: Each Ducks' player had 4 sets during the Throwback Game Except Selanne. (Selanne wore 8 different sets throughout the game). Set 1 worn during Warm ups, Set 2 worn during first period , Set 3 worn during 2nd Period , & Set 4 worn during the third period. Ducks sold set 3 in the team store, while Set 2 was auctioned online. Set 3 ranged from 1,500 to 8,000 in the team store. Bryan Allen's Set 3 jersey sat for months at the team store until it was finally lowered to $500.

Also during the 2013-2014 season, the Anaheim Ducks took part in the very first Stadium Series between the Los Angeles Kings. The jerseys were suppose to display a futuristic look for both organizations. The reviews were mixed. The Ducks defeated the Kings 3-0.

Game Worn Collectors Note: The jerseys are Meigray certified. Each player had 4 sets of jerseys. Set 1 worn during Warm ups, Set 2 worn during first period , Set 3 worn during 2nd Period , & Set 4 worn during the third period. Warmups were given to the NHLPA, first period were auctioned by NHL Auction or made into collector cards, second period were auctioned by Beckett Auctions, and third period were kept by the players.

 

2014-2015 season:

The Home & Away jerseys are discontinued. The third jersey becomes the official Home jersey with a few minor changes around the neck: laces design is added & name/number outlined in Orange instead of Gold. An Away version of the third jersey is created as well.

Game Worn Collectors Note: Several players had more than one jersey per Set 1 and Playoffs.

On January 11, 2015, the Anaheim Ducks held a Tribute Night for Teemu Selanne. Selanne's #8 was the first number to be retired in the organization. To celebrate this grand event, Players wore all the jersey designs throughout Selanne's Ducks Career during warmups. During the regulation game, players wore their regular home jersey with a patch commemorating the night.

Game worn collector's notes: The game worn warmups (Players wore all the Ducks designs throughout Selanne's career. They all had Selanne's nameplate and numbers) were first sold at the team store from 3,500 to 8,000. Unfortunately, only a few were sold (mainly the wild wing jerseys). The remaining jerseys were tempted to be auctioned online. Only Getzlaf's jersey was sold during the auction. After a few attempts online, the jerseys return to the team store. The Selanne Tribute night Goalie helmet sold for 15,000 online.

Each player wore 3 sets of home jersey with selanne #8 patch. Set 1 was worn during the Selanne Ceremony & 1st period (players kept this jersey), Set 2 was worn during 2nd period, & Set 3 was worn during 3rd Period, over-time, & shoot-out. Set 2 and Set 3 were sold in the team store from $1,000 to $3,000.

2015-2016 Season:

White laces replace the Black Laces on the Home Jersey.

On October 16th against the Avalanche, the Anaheim Ducks debuts their fifth third jersey in team history. The jersey pays homage to past Ducks jerseys by combining the old Mighty Ducks logo with their former Home Jersey from the 2006-2014 season. Orange is the new dominant color which represents Orange County.

Game worn collector's notes: On Jersey Reveal Night (10/16/2015), the Anaheim Ducks players only wore 1 set for the night. This Special Night Set was sold in the Team Store a few days after the game. They ranged in price from $500 and up (Some were mark at $5,000 than mark down on certain nights). The jerseys sold very well compared to the Selanne Night Jerseys. All but two (Fowler & Khudobin) were sold within the month.

Honorable Mentions:

1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks Team USA Film Jersey:

The D2 film came out during the latter part of the NHL Inaugural Season. The movie designers helped design the NHL jerseys. In the film, the mighty ducks are chosen to represent the nation as Team USA at the Junior Goodwill Games. The team wore American Style jerseys sponsored by Hendrix. During the third period against Team Iceland, the Ducks replaced their jerseys with the new NHL Ducks jersey. 

Game Worn Collectors Note: The majority of the screen used Team USA jerseys had the hendrix patch removed. A handful of these still have the patch on the left arm. Each actor had two Team USA jerseys.

 

Ducks Camouflage Military Warm-up Jersey:

For the past few years, the Anaheim Ducks and other NHL teams have worn Camouflage jerseys during warm-ups for Military Appreciation Night. These jerseys are auctioned off to raise money for local Military nonprofits.