Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

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Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
City Cincinnati, Ohio
League American Hockey League
Operated 1997–2005
Home arena Cincinnati Gardens
Colors Eggplant and Jade
Affiliates Detroit Red Wings
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Franchise history
1995–1997 Baltimore Bandits
1997–2005 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
2007–present Rockford IceHogs

The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, at the Cincinnati Gardens. For their existence they were the affiliate of the National Hockey League teams, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Detroit Red Wings.


The Baltimore Bandits moved to Cincinnati from minimal fiscal success. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim signed Cincinnati a five year affiliate agreement. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were their only affiliate until in 1999 the Adirondack Red Wings folded and the Detroit Red Wings was trying to find an affiliate and couldn't find one. Then the Mighty Ducks signed the Detroit Red Wings a three-year agreement until the 2002-03 season. In 2002 the Grand Rapids Griffins tried to find an affiliate since the Ottawa Senators signed with Binghamton. The Detroit Red Wings left the Mighty Ducks and became the Griffins affiliate since Grand Rapids is only three hours away from Detroit. But the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim signed Cincinnati another three year affiliate agreement so it wouldn't fold. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim stayed with the Mighty Ducks until the 2005-06 season. The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks were granted a voluntary suspension for the 2005–06 season after the Mighty Ducks left Cincinnati and signed a new agreement with the Portland Pirates, respectively. In October 2005 the team was renamed the Cincinnati RailRaiders. They were seeking an affiliation agreement for a return in 2006-07 season, but failed to reach a goal of 2,000 season tickets sold to become re-active.

On October 3, 2006, it was reported that a Windsor, Ontario, based company had been granted conditional approval to purchase and relocate the team [1], however that deal fell through [2]. On March 19, 2007, however, the AHL announced that the team had been purchased, and moved to Rockford, Illinois, to become the Rockford IceHogs (which was the name of a United Hockey League franchise).[3]

Numerous former Cincinnati Mighty Ducks were all together with Anaheim when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007. In addition, former coach Mike Babcock led Anaheim to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2003 before moving to Detroit. He won the 2008 cup with the Red Wings, he also led them to another finals spot the year after, and then led the Canadian national team to a gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Games and in the 2014 Sochi games

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Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
1997–98 80 23 37 13 7 66 243 303 4th, Mid-Atlantic
1998–99 80 35 39 4 2 76 227 249 4th, Mid-Atlantic
1999–00 80 30 37 9 4 73 227 244 5th, Mid-Atlantic
2000–01 80 41 26 9 4 95 254 240 2nd, South
2001–02 80 33 33 11 3 80 216 211 3rd, Central
2002–03 80 26 35 13 6 71 202 242 3rd, Central
2003–04 80 29 37 13 1 72 188 211 5th, West
2004–05 80 44 31 4 1 93 206 191 3rd, West


Season Preliminary 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1997–98 Out of Playoffs
1998–99 L, 0–3, Philadelphia
1999–00 Out of Playoffs
2000–01 L, 1–3, Norfolk
2001–02 L, 1–2, Chicago
2002–03 Out of Playoffs
2003–04 W, 2–0, Houston L, 3–4, Milwaukee
2004–05 W, 4–3, Milwaukee L, 1–4, Chicago

Notable players and coaches

Joffrey Lupul playing for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in 2004.

Team records

Single season

Goals: 42 Canada Bob Wren (1997–98)
Assists: 59 Canada Craig Reichert (1997–98)
Points: 100 Bob Wren (1997–98)
Penalty minutes: 319 Canada Shane O'Brien (2004–05)
GAA: 2.07 Canada Frederic Cassivi (2004–05)
SV%: .924 Frederic Cassivi (2004–05)


Career goals: 113 Bob Wren
Career assists: 186 Bob Wren
Career points: 299 Bob Wren
Career penalty minutes: 482 Shane O'Brien
Career goaltending wins: 76 Russia Ilya Bryzgalov
Career shutouts: 19 Ilya Bryzgalov
Career games: 277 Bob Wren

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