Anaheim Ducks to be renamed?
"With no remaining ties to Disney, NHL sources said Samueli likely would seek the NHL's permission to rename the club, maybe turning to the gold and green California Golden Seals uniforms to spark merchandise sales. The Golden Seals were an NHL club from 1967-76."
Back when the Samueli family purchased the Mighty Ducks, there were rumours that the team would also be getting a new name, logo and team colours.
I'd love to see a name change, and the sense I'm getting from longtime Ducks' fans online is that they'd want merely a minor makeover, removing the 'Mighty' from the name and a logo redesign. Anaheim joined the NHL in 1993-94, so it does seem rather soon for a new name, but with the banishment of Disney from ownership, don't rule it out. Henry Samueli has said, however, that a name change will be held off for the 2005-06 season.
Some of the talk I'm hearing suggests the team could go with a variant of their third jersey, which ditches Disney's cartoon duck head. It's this one, shown on Fedorov and Giguere at right, that apparently Mr. Samueli is a big fan of.
If you have any suggestions for new Duck names, let's hear them in the comments section. The only one I'll rule out immediately is The Los Angeles Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Related to Monday's news that Brian Burke was hired by the Ducks, MVN's Steve Langevin is praising the move:
In my opinion, this sale and the hiring of Burke are two of the biggest moves in the organization’s history.