D3: The Mighty Ducks

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996 Movie)

“D3: The Mighty Ducks” is a 1996 sports comedy film and the third installment in “The Mighty Ducks” film series. It was directed by Robert Lieberman and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie follows the continuing adventures of the young hockey team, the Ducks, as they transition from junior hockey to college.

In “D3: The Mighty Ducks,” the original Ducks team is offered scholarships to attend the prestigious Eden Hall Academy, a private college preparatory school. The players are excited about the opportunity to play college-level hockey and receive a quality education. However, they soon find themselves facing new challenges as they try to fit in with the elite students of Eden Hall, who have a more competitive and cutthroat approach to the game.

Coach Gordon Bombay, played by Emilio Estevez, also faces challenges as he adjusts to coaching a more experienced and skilled team. He has to find a balance between letting the players have fun and maintaining discipline and competitiveness. The movie explores themes of teamwork, friendship, and the importance of staying true to oneself.

As the Ducks struggle to find their place at Eden Hall, they eventually learn valuable life lessons and unite to prove that they can still be successful, not just as hockey players but also as individuals. The film culminates in a thrilling and intense final hockey match, where the Ducks must use their newfound unity and skills to face a formidable opponent.

“D3: The Mighty Ducks” received mixed reviews from critics but was still a commercial success. It is remembered as an enjoyable family sports film and a fitting conclusion to the original trilogy. While the “Mighty Ducks” franchise would go on to inspire a successful animated TV series and a recent Disney+ series, “D3: The Mighty Ducks” remains a nostalgic favorite for fans of the original movies.

Fun Facts

  • “D3: The Mighty Ducks” is the third and final installment in “The Mighty Ducks” film series. It was released in 1996 and follows the journey of the Ducks as they enter a prestigious prep school and face new challenges both on and off the ice.
  • The film features a cameo appearance by professional hockey player Paul Kariya. Kariya was a highly skilled NHL player known for his time with the Anaheim Ducks, and his appearance added an extra layer of authenticity to the hockey scenes in the movie.
D3 The Mighty Ducks

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $22.9 million
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  • Emilio Estevez: Gordon Bombay
  • Joshua Jackson: Charlie Conway
  • Jeffrey Nordling: Coach Ted Orion
  • David Selby: Dean Buckley
  • Heidi Kling: Casey Conway
  • Margot Finley: Linda
  • Joss Ackland: Hans
  • Elden Henson: Fulton Reed
  • Shaun Weiss: Greg “Goldie” Goldberg
  • Vincent Larusso: Adam Banks
  • Matt Doherty: Lester Averman
  • Garette Ratliff Henson: Guy Germaine
  • Marguerite Moreau: Connie Moreau
  • Michael Cudlitz: Cole
  • Christopher Orr: Rick Riley
  • Aaron Lohr: Dean Portman
  • Colombe Jacobsen: Julie Gaffney
  • Kenan Thompson: Russ Tyler
  • Mike Vitar: Luis Mendoza
  • Ty O’Neal: Dwayne Robertson
  • Justin Wong: Ken Wu
  • Scott Whyte: Scott “Scooter” Holland
  • Benjamin Salisbury: Josh


  • Director: Robert Lieberman
  • Producer: Jon Avnet and Jordan Kerner
  • Music: J. A. C. Redford

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