Fans encouraged to arrive early for Ducks Red Carpet presented by TCL beginning at 3:30 p.m.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club will open their 2018-19 home schedule this Monday, Oct. 8 at Honda Center versus the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m.) in a rematch of Anaheim’s inaugural game on the same date in 1993. The Ducks 25th Anniversary Season is presented by UCI Health. Ducks fans are encouraged to arrive early for the Anaheim Ducks Red Carpet Player Arrival presented by TCL®, America’s fastest-growing TV brand, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Honda Center’s south side. TCL’s give back initiative, TCL Cares, will work with the Anaheim Ducks Foundation to help support the communities they serve, as both organizations are committed to find ways to make a positive impact. The Anaheim Ducks will be presenting a check donation to the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), an organization that helps underserved families navigate their child’s journey with cancer and has been supported by TCL North America as the group expands its reach from San Diego to Orange County. The primary mission of ENF is to provide transportation for these families, ensuring that they can get to treatments and back home safely, but their services have grown to include Emilio’s Nutritional Snack Bags, Family Resource Centers, Creating for Hope: therapeutic knitting and sewing programs, as well as End of Life Child and Family Care.
The event will be hosted by FOX Sports broadcaster Kent French who will interview players prior to them walking the red carpet and greeting fans. The Ducks will continue the tradition of creating a spot on their Opening Night Roster for the 21st Duck. The honor is earned by a Ducks fan who embodies characteristics such as great perseverance, character, courage and inspiration who is making significant contributions to our community. This year’s 21st Duck, Michael Lu, will also walk the red carpet alongside the 2018-19 Ducks roster. For more information on our 21st Duck please go to https://www.nhl.com/ducks/news/ducks-announce-21st-duck-is-michael-lu/c-300574728
All fans in attendance are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for the opening sequence and player introductions and will receive a magnet schedule courtesy of Welk Resorts. The club’s first Governor, Michael Eisner, will participate in the ceremonial faceoff with Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli. Anaheim’s first pick in the 1993 expansion draft and original goaltender, Guy Hebert will be in attendance to help begin the festivities for the team’s 25th Anniversary season. Opening Night will also be the first of the Ducks nine Jersey Tribute Nights. Player worn warm-up jerseys will be sold in the Anaheim Ducks Team Store, with two jerseys to be auctioned online to benefit the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. To pay tribute to the team’s history, the Ducks will warm up in the original Ducks home jersey worn in the inaugural season. Fans are invited to make Anaheim Ducks Home Opener festivities interactive by using the hashtags #DucksHomeOpener and #Ducks25 on social media platforms.
In addition, the Anaheim Ducks Foundation will conduct the first 50/50 raffle of the regular season with a special 25th Anniversary special, 93 numbers for $40. Proceeds will support and facilitate programs that create positive change for children and families throughout Southern California. Please visit sections 212, 224, 310, 413 and 430 or find a roaming seller on the concourse to purchase raffle tickets (sellers will be wearing “50/50 Raffle” bright blue shirts). To further support local nonprofit organizations, a 25th Anniversary Tribute Night Poster Series comprised of nine designs from local artists and designers that showcasing the history of Ducks hockey will be available starting opening night. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase each poster at the Anaheim Ducks Team Store during each Jersey Tribute Night, starting when Honda Center doors open 90 minutes before puck drop (while supplies last). Posters will be printed in limited runs and sold for $100 with a small supply of autographed posters (signed by the Ducks alumni in attendance for that particular Jersey Tribute Night) sold for $250. All proceeds from poster sales go to a special Ducks 25th Anniversary Charitable Fund to benefit local nonprofit organizations.
This season, Direct Energy Business will donate $25 for every goal the Ducks score during the regular season to help in celebrating the Ducks 25th anniversary. The proud energy supplier of the Honda Center also donated $7825 for 313 goals that were scored as part of the Ducks 25 Hours of Hockey event that helped launch the franchise’s milestone season.
Fans are encouraged to check out the newly updated and renovated Anaheim Ducks Team Store which will be increasing its selection of apparel and headwear and will feature lifestyle displays from new partners Mitchell & Ness, Travis Mathew and 47 Brand. The new 25th Anniversary Third Jersey is also now available for purchase in the Team Store and each of the Tribute Night jerseys will be available on their respective nights .
Individual game tickets can be purchased through AnaheimDucks.com/tickets, by phone with Ticketmaster at (714) 703-2545 or in person at the Honda Center Box Office. This past spring, the Ducks introduced a new season ticket member designation: The Orange Alliance. Created to bring more value to season tickets, fans can join the Orange Alliance for the 2018-19 season, which includes tickets to every Anaheim Ducks home game. Orange Alliance Season Ticket Memberships offer many exciting and exclusive benefits such as guaranteed giveaways, zero percent interest payment plans, access to special events, playoff priority and much more. Fans can become part of the Orange Alliance and place deposits on Mini Plan ticket packages by calling 1-877-WILD-WING or visiting www.AnaheimDucks.com/JoinTheAlliance.