The Mighty Ducks

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Mighty Ducks (1992 Movie)

“The Mighty Ducks” is a sports-comedy film released in 1992. It tells the story of Gordon Bombay, played by Emilio Estevez, a successful lawyer who is sentenced to community service for drunk driving. As part of his punishment, he is forced to coach a youth ice hockey team, the District 5 Ducks.

Initially, Bombay is reluctant and unenthusiastic about the coaching role, but he soon discovers that the team of misfits has potential. He decides to turn them into a competitive team, teaching them valuable life lessons and skills both on and off the ice. Under Bombay’s guidance, the Ducks learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, and determination.

As the team grows and improves, they face various challenges and rivalries, culminating in a final showdown against a talented and well-funded team known as the Hawks. The movie showcases the Ducks’ transformation from underdogs to champions and emphasizes the importance of believing in oneself and working together as a team.

“The Mighty Ducks” was a commercial success and led to two sequels, “D2: The Mighty Ducks” (1994) and “D3: The Mighty Ducks” (1996), as well as a spin-off animated TV series. The film’s heartwarming and inspirational story, coupled with humorous and heartwarming moments, has made it a beloved classic among sports movies and a favorite among families and sports enthusiasts alike.

Fun Facts

  • The film’s title and premise were inspired by the real-life NHL team, the Anaheim Ducks, which was founded in 1993 and named after the movie. The team’s logo and colors also reflect their association with the franchise.
  • “The Mighty Ducks” was successful enough to spawn two sequels: “D2: The Mighty Ducks” in 1994 and “D3: The Mighty Ducks” in 1996. The franchise’s popularity extended to an animated TV series titled “Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series,” which featured anthropomorphic ducks as intergalactic hockey-playing heroes.

Additional Details


  • Emilio Estevez: Gordon Bombay
  • Joss Ackland: Hans
  • Lane Smith: Coach Jack Reilly
  • Heidi Kling: Casey Conway
  • Josef Sommer: Mr. Gerald Ducksworth
  • Joshua Jackson: Charlie Conway
  • Elden Henson: Fulton Reed
  • Shaun Weiss: Greg Goldberg
  • Brandon Adams: Jesse Hall
  • C. Gainey: Lewis
  • Matt Doherty: Lester Averman
  • D. Daniels: Peter Mark
  • Aaron Schwartz: Dave Karp
  • Garette Ratliff Henson: Guy Germaine
  • Marguerite Moreau: Connie Moreau
  • Vincent Larusso: Adam Banks
  • Jussie Smollett: Terry Hall
  • Danny Tamberelli: Tommy Duncan
  • Jane Plank: Tammy Duncan
  • Michael Ooms: McGill
  • Casey Garven: Larson
  • Hal Fort Atkinson III: Phillip Banks
  • Basil McRae: Himself
  • Mike Modano: Himself
  • John Beasley: Mr. Hall
  • Brock Pierce: Young Gordon Bombay
  • Robert Pall: Gordon’s Father
  • John Paul Gamoke: Mr. Tolbert
  • Steven Brill: Frank Huddy
  • George Coe: Judge


  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Producers: Jon Avnet and Jordan Kerner
  • Music: David Newman

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