The Mighty Ducks, released in 1992, is about a hot-shot lawyer who is charged for drunk driving and has to coach the worst peewee hockey team in the league for community service. At first, he's very reluctant and cruel. Throughout the film, he gains the respect of the kids' and eventually leads them to a championship game against his old team! Get all nostalgic with the original trailer for the '90s classic:
It is still fun to watch today, we all wanted to be a Duck didn't we? Looking back as an adult, that would have been amazing and I wouldn't have even realized it. Here are 5 fun facts about The Mighty Ducks!
1. Bill Murray was almost cast as the coach!
Bill Murray was almost cast a coach Gordon Bombay but was considered too old for the role. The studio needed someone younger who could coach against his old peewee coach. We'll just have to dream about Murray as being our hockey coach.
2. Young Jake Gyllenhaal was almost Charlie!
According to Imdb.com, "Jake Gyllenhaal, who was unknown at the time, auditioned for the role of Charlie Conway, but his parents wouldn't let him do the movie so the producers ended up casting Joshua Jackson." Luckily, in the end Jake's parents ended up letting him act!
3. There were brothers on the set!
Elden Henson played young delinquent Fulton, who is brothers with Garette Ratliff, who played Guy! Elden had to dye his hair darker and change his name from Ratliff to Henson so he could be cast. Who would have ever noticed?
Bonus: Foggy from Netflix's Daredevil was Fulton Reed!
4. Cake Eater! Wait, what?
Adam Banks is called a "Cake Eater" a lot throughout the movie after he moves to play with the Ducks. Calling someone a cake eater referred to them having money or being spoiled. This is actually well known throughout Minnesota and refers to people who live in the city of Edina.
5. Yes, the Mighty Ducks are real!
When The Anaheim Mighty Ducks were added as an expansion team to the National Hockey League they were named after the movie because the team was owned by Disney. Though in 2005, Disney sold the rights and now the team is just 'The Ducks.' The Ducks have made the playoffs 11 times and won four Pacific Division titles, two Western Conference championships and one Stanley Cup!
Did you know these fun things about 'The Mighty Ducks'? Would you like to see a remake of our favorite Disney peewee hockey team?