When I say “Mighty Ducks”, what’s the first thing you think of? The Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the movies, or the cartoon from the 1990’s? What about a hockey team from Cincinnati?
The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks played in the American Hockey League from 1997 until 2005, in the Cincinnati Gardens. Compiling a record of 261-275-72-28-4 (Wins-Losses-Ties-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses), the Mighty Ducks were part of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for the entire stint, as well as a temporary stint with the Detroit Red Wings.
The attendances ranged from 4,355 in the 1998-1999 season to 5,459 in 2001-2002. The final season saw an average of 4,961 per game in 2004-2005.
The Mighty Ducks saw a few years of inactivity and almost gave back as the Cincinnati RailRaiders. However, not enough season tickets were sold. Eventually, the team was bought and moved to Rockford, Illinois and became the IceHogs. The hockey void down by the Ohio River would be filled in 2006 again with the Cincinnati Cyclones (who have been in the ‘Nati since 1990, playing in the East Coast Hockey League and the International Hockey League. The Cyclones took a break from 2004 until 2006.)
This isn’t the first hockey team in Cincinnati. It all starts with the Cincinnati Mohawks, back around 1949. The Mohawks folded in 1958, according to the Hockey Database. Currently, the Cyclones are doing well downtown, with a pair of Kelly Cup wins in the past few years.
So if the team has been gone since 2007 (technically 2005), why would I write about it? Well, check out this picture I took. Yep, that is still a Mighty Ducks shot counter on the walls of the Cincinnati Gardens.
I find it interesting to see something from the days gone by when a team called a place home. I also remember the Mighty Ducks ads on Cincinnati radio, always wondering what they were when I was a kid not into the world of sports. I’ve also wanted to write about teams that have played around here and disappeared, especially if their old gear is still around. I wanted to share something I thought was neat to see still standing to this day, around seven years later.
Sources of information from the Hockey Database and SCSR.
Until next time,