Things You May Not Know: Kings-Ducks Edition

Etem Emerson Mighty DucksWe’re pretty sure you already know the Kings have won two Stanley Cups and the Ducks just one. We’ll also assume you know the Ducks did it first, claiming victory in 2007. Thus, we’ll save the obvious points and try to pass along a few other notes that just might make you sound smart while watching all the action with a friend or loved one… or even at a sports bar talking to strangers…

Five Things You May Not Have Known about the Anaheim Ducks:

1. The first-ever game played between the two teams was December 2, 1993, with the host LA Kings defeating the visiting Anaheim Ducks 3-2 at the Great Western Forum. Jari Kurri scored two goals, Luc Robitaille had a goal, and Rick Knickle made 24 saves for the victory.

2. The two teams have played 117 regular season contests and are all even at 53-53-11.

3. Long Beach’s Emerson Etem is the only Southern California native currently on either roster.

4. More than 25 players have suited up for both teams, with Sean O’Donnell leading the way with 723 combined games for the SoCal teams. Other notables include, Lubomir Visnovsky (664), Dan Bylsma (429), Jari Kurri (413), George Parros (411), Stu Grimson (303) – and the only player to hoist the Stanley Cup for both teams, Dustin Penner (267).

5. The rosters of both current teams include a significant number of players who were early round selections at the NHL Draft. For the Kings, they have 15 players on their roster who were drafted in the first two rounds, including 10 players selected in round 1. Conversely, the Ducks have 16 roster players selected in the first two rounds, including 11 players selected in round 1.

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  1. You mention the first regular season game, but the first ever game was played in Anaheim in the preseason (9/22/93). The Kings won that game as well.

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