July 2, 2015
ANAHEIM DUCKS SIGN KORBINIAN HOLZER
TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
ANAHEIM, Calif. -The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Holzer, 27 (2/16/88), was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer and Anaheim’s fifth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft on Mar. 2, 2015. In 58 career NHL games, Holzer has collected 2-7=9 points with 55 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-3, 205-pound defenseman has also appeared in 258 career American Hockey League games with the Toronto Marlies, scoring 10-57=67 points with a +36 rating and 306 PIM. He has reached the Calder Cup Playoffs on three occasions with the Marlies, collecting 3-10=13 points with 67 PIM in 35 games.
Selected by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Holzer set career highs in points (0-6=6), assists and appearances last season with the Maple Leafs. The Munich, Germany native has yet to make his Anaheim Ducks debut.
ANAHEIM DUCKS SIGN MATT HACKETT, CHRIS MUELLER
AND JOE PISKULA TO CONTRACTS
ANAHEIM, Calif. -The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Matt Hackett to a two-year contract and center Chris Mueller and defenseman Joe Piskula to one-year contracts. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deals were disclosed.
Hackett, 25 (3/7/90), has appeared in 26 career NHL games with Minnesota and Buffalo, going 4-17-2 with a 3.11 goals-against average (GAA) and .906 save percentage (SV%). He split last season with Buffalo (0-4-1, 4.32 GAA in five games) and the Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliate (AHL) in Rochester (8-5-3, 2.76 GAA in 16 games). Selected by Minnesota in the third round (77th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Hackett set career highs in wins (3), GAA (2.37), SV% (.922), appearances (12) and minutes played (556) with the Wild during his rookie season in 2011-12. The 6-2, 171-pound goaltender has also played five AHL seasons with Houston and Rochester, posting an 86-75-18 record with three shutouts, a 2.59 GAA and .910 SV% in 184 career games.
Mueller, 29 (3/6/86), has scored 3-7=10 points with eight PIM in 53 career NHL games with Nashville, Dallas and the New York Rangers. He played seven games for the Rangers last season, picking up 1-1=2 points. The 5-11, 210-pound center made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut with Dallas in 2014, going scoreless in four games during the First Round vs. Anaheim. Mueller has played 447 career AHL games with Hartford, Texas, Milwaukee, Lake Erie and Grand Rapids, scoring 131-155=286 points with a +19 rating and 214 PIM.
Piskula, 30 (7/5/84), has played 13 career NHL games with Nashville, Calgary and Los Angeles, going scoreless with 10 PIM. The 6-3, 208-pound defenseman appeared in one game for Nashville and 67 for the Predators’ AHL affiliate in Milwaukee last season. Piskula is a veteran of nine AHL seasons with Milwaukee, Abbotsford and Manchester, scoring 13-102=115 points with a +78 rating and 421 PIM in 533 career games. He has also appeared in 33 career Calder Cup Playoff games, recording 2-4=6 points with 20 PIM.
Ducks Name MacLean Assistant Coach
The Ducks have named Paul MacLean assistant coach. Winner of the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL Coach of the Year with Ottawa, MacLean returns to Anaheim where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons from 2002-04. MacLean will join Bruce Boudreau’s coaching staff with fellow assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Scott Niedermayer, goaltending consultant Dwayne Roloson and video coordinator Joe Piscotty.
MacLean most recently served as head coach of the Ottawa Senators from 2011-15, leading the club to a 114-90-35 record and a pair of Stanley Cup Playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013. MacLean helped the Senators to a 25-17-6 record in 2013-14 and the club’s second consecutive postseason appearance en route to his first career Jack Adams Award in his second straight year as a nominee.
He joined Ottawa after serving six seasons as an assistant coach in Detroit where he won his first Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008. Having reached the Stanley Cup Final on three occasions, MacLean made his first trip to the Final as an assistant coach with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003 against New Jersey. He spent two seasons with Anaheim after being named to his position on July 11, 2002.
Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray commented on the hiring to reporters this afternoon: "As I've said earlier, I thought our staff was much better this year with the addition of Trent [Yawney]. I thought there were some ways to make us even stronger. Paul was a head coach, he’s been an assistant, he’s worked with Mike Babcock forever, and I’ve known him forever. I think he brings a whole other dimension to our coaching staff. I’m quite excited about that. I think our coaching staff is in really good shape right now."
A native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, MacLean has also previously coached with the Phoenix Coyotes (assistant, 1996-97), Quad City of the United Hockey League (head coach, 2000-02), Kansas City of the International Hockey League (head coach, 1997-2000) and Peoria of the IHL (1993-96).
While with Peoria, MacLean was named the Hockey News Minor League Coach of the Year in 1994 after leading the Rivermen to a mark of 51-24-6 and a division title. MacLean spent 11 years in the NHL as a player with Winnipeg, Detroit and St. Louis from 1980-91. He played 719 NHL regular season games, scoring 324-349=673 points (also played in 53 playoff games).
Spending most of his career with Winnipeg (1981-87), MacLean had a career-high 101 points (41-60=101) in 1984-85 and was named to the Campbell Conference All-Star Team. On the Winnipeg/Phoenix all-time leaders list, he still ranks fifth in points (518), fourth in goals (248), fifth in assists (270), and eighth in games (528).
Ducks Acquire Bieksa from Vancouver
in Exchange for a 2016 NHL Draft Pick
The Ducks have acquired defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft. Bieksa, 34 (6/16/81), scored 56-185=241 points with a +22 rating and 879 penalty minutes (PIM) in 597 career NHL games with Vancouver. Among all-time franchise defensemen, Bieksa ranked sixth in scoring, assists and games, and fourth in PIM.
Among franchise playoff leaders for defensemen, he led in goals (10), ranked third in appearances (71), and sixth in scoring. Selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft, Bieksa collected 4-10=14 points with an even plus/minus rating and 77 PIM in 60 games for Vancouver last season. Among team leaders, he ranked third in hits (109) and fifth in blocked shots (93). Bieksa also appeared in six Stanley Cup Playoff games, going scoreless with nine PIM.
ANAHEIM DUCKS TO HOST DEVELOPMENT CAMP SCRIMMAGES JULY 4 & 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club will host its annual prospect development camp scrimmages at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE on Saturday, July 4 and Monday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.). Fans and media are invited to attend the open scrimmage sessions with a $5 suggested donation benefiting the Anaheim Ducks Foundation.
Anaheim’s top prospects will participate in both on-ice and off-ice workouts at Anaheim ICE throughout the development camp, running July 1-6 (only the two scrimmages are open to the public and will be subject to change).
Seven Anaheim selections from the 2015 NHL Draft are scheduled to attend, including Jacob Larsson (first round, 27th overall), Julius Nattinen (second round, 59th overall), Brent Gates Jr. (third round, 80th overall), Deven Sideroff (third round, 84th overall), Troy Terry (fifth round, 148th overall), Steven Ruggiero (sixth round, 178th overall) and Garrett Metcalf (sixth round, 179th overall).
In addition, former first-round selections Nick Ritchie (10th overall, 2014), Shea Theodore (26th overall, 2013) and Stefan Noesen (21st overall, 2011) will participate, along with Marcus Pettersson (38th overall, 2014), Brandon Montour (55th overall, 2014) and Nicolas Kerdiles (36th overall, 2012). Seven countries are represented among the 36 players expected to attend the camp, including Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Sweden and the United States.
The six-day camp focuses on both the on-ice and off-ice development of the organization’s top young prospects. In addition to on-ice skating sessions, each player will participate in strength and conditioning drills that allow coaches and management to closely evaluate the progress of each athlete.
Along with daily weight and aerobic training, each player will also receive a personally tailored nutritional recommendation and be tested for strength thresholds, range of movement and aerobic capacity.
Ducks Make Six Selections in Round 2-7 of 2015 NHL Draft
The Ducks selected six additional players through Rounds 2-7 of the 2015 NHL Draft today at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. In addition to yesterday’s first-round pick of Jacob Larsson (27th overall), the club selected centers Julius Nattinen (second round, 59th overall, pictured above) and Brent Gates Jr. (third round, 80th overall), right wing Deven Sideroff (third round, 84th overall), center/right wing Troy Terry (fifth round, 148th overall), defenseman Steven Ruggiero (sixth round, 178th overall) and goaltender Garrett Metcalf (sixth round, 179th overall).
Nattinen, 18 (1/14/97), played nine games for JYP of the Finnish Elite League last season, scoring 0-3=3 points in nine games. Nattinen played most of the season with JYP-Akatemia in Finland’s second division, recording 11-18=29 points with eight penalty minutes (PIM) in 39 games. The 6-2, 191-pound center helped Finland to a silver medal at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship and has also appeared in several other international tournaments.
Gates, 17 (8/12/97), has scored 21-21=42 points with 34 PIM in 83 games for Green Bay of the United States Hockey League (USHL) over the last two seasons. A 6-2, 196-pound center, Gates made his international debut at the 2014 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, helping Team USA to a bronze medal. He has committed to the University of Minnesota next season. Sideroff, 18 (4/14/97), is a veteran of two seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) as a member of the Kamloops Blazers.
The 5-11, 171-pound winger owns 19-29=48 points with 31 PIM in 76 career WHL games with Kamloops and finished his second season ranked tied for second on the team in scoring (17-25=42) and third in plus/minus (+18). Sideroff won bronze with Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 3-1=4 points with 12 PIM. Terry, 17 (9/10/97), earned 19-25=44 points with eight PIM in 66 games for the U.S. National Development Under-18 team last season.
At the international level, the 5-10, 160-pound forward contributed 4-1=5 points to help Team USA to a bronze at the 2014 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. Terry has committed to the University of Denver next season. Ruggiero, 18 (1/1/97), posted 1-14=15 points in 66 games as a teammate of Troy Terry on the U.S. National Development Under-18 team last season.
A 6-3, 200-pound defenseman, Ruggiero played the 2013-14 season with Youngstown of the USHL, earning 1-4=5 points with 22 PIM in 41 games. He has committed to Providence in 2015-16. Metcalf, 19 (3/5/96), went 10-12-4 with one shutout, a 3.26 goals-against average (GAA) and .911 save percentage (SV%) in 33 games for Madison of the USHL last season. The 6-2, 181-pound goaltender is committed to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2015-16.
Ducks Acquire Hagelin Plus Second and Sixth
Round Draft Picks from the Rangers
for Etem and a Second Round Pick
The Ducks have acquired left wing Carl Hagelin and second-round (59th overall) and sixth-round (179th overall) selections in the 2015 NHL Draft from the New York Rangers in exchange for left wing Emerson Etem and a second-round (41st overall) pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Hagelin, 26 (8/23/88), collected 58-72=130 points with a +57 rating and 132 penalty minutes (PIM) in 266 career NHL games with the Rangers.
Hagelin has also made four consecutive trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording 12-14=26 points with 39 PIM in 73 games. A native of Sodertalje, Sweden, Hagelin helped his country to a silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. He was also a member of Team Sweden at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, earning a silver medal in his first major international tournament. Selected by the Rangers in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Hagelin was one of three Rangers to appear in all 82 games last season.
With 17-18=35 points and a +18 rating, Hagelin tied for third among team leaders in game-winning goals (4), tied for second in even-strength goals (16) and second in shots on goal (185). The 6-0, 186-pound winger set career highs in games and shots, and matched a career best in goals in 2014-15. Etem, 23 (6/16/92), scored 15-16=31 points with a +4 rating and 17 penalty minutes (PIM) in 112 career NHL games with Anaheim.
The 6-1, 212-pound winger also appeared in 23 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, posting 6-2=8 points with a +5 rating and 14 PIM. Selected by Anaheim in the first round (29th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Etem split the 2014-15 season with the Ducks and Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Ducks Select Defenseman Larsson
27th Overall in 2015 NHL Draft
The Ducks have selected defenseman Jacob Larsson with the 27th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. The draft resumes tomorrow beginning at 7 a.m. PDT. “Jacob is a puck-moving defenseman, mobile and smart on the ice,” said Director of Professional/Amateur Scouting Martin Madden. “It’s exciting to know he is still developing into the player we believe he will become. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to select him with the 27th overall pick.”
Larsson, 18 (4/29/97), scored 1-2=3 points with a +4 rating and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 20 games for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) last season. Larsson also appeared in 30 games for Frolunda’s junior team, collecting 8-11=19 points with 49 PIM. He added 0-4=4 points in eight playoff games to lead his junior club to the league’s silver medal. In 2013-14, the 6-2, 191-pound defenseman was named the Top Defenseman in Sweden’s Under-18 league after scoring 4-8=12 points in 17 games.
A native of Ljungby, Sweden, Larsson has played in several international tournaments for his home country. He most recently appeared in the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championship where he scored 0-3=3 points in five games. Larsson also was a member of Team Sweden at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Ducks to open Oct. 10 in San Jose before hosting
Home Opener Oct. 12 vs. Vancouver
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the complete regular season schedule for the 2015-16 NHL campaign. The Anaheim Ducks will open the schedule on the road for the sixth consecutive season on Saturday, Oct. 10 in San Jose (7:30 p.m. PDT).
Two days later, the Ducks will host the Vancouver Canucks in their 2015-16 Home Opener on Monday, Oct. 12 at Honda Center (7 p.m. PDT). Anaheim’s Home Opener kicks off a four-game homestand, which includes contests vs. Arizona (Oct. 14), Colorado (Oct. 16) and Minnesota (Oct. 18). The 82-game schedule will feature 41 home dates at Honda Center and visits by all 29 other NHL teams. With nine games scheduled, November will be the busiest month at Honda Center followed by January’s eight contests.
The Ducks’ longest homestand is eight games from Jan. 3-20 and their longest road trip stretches seven games from Feb. 8-18. Anaheim will play 22 weekend games at Honda Center, including 12 Friday and 10 Sunday contests.
The Ducks’ annual day-after-Thanksgiving game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (Friday, Nov. 27, 1 p.m.) highlights the first of two afternoon games at Honda Center. Anaheim will also host the Calgary Flames in a 4 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 21. Additional highlights include home dates against Eastern Conference teams such as Tampa Bay (Dec. 2), Pittsburgh (Dec. 6), Toronto (Jan. 6), Detroit (Jan. 10), Montreal (Mar. 2), Washington (Mar. 7), New York Rangers (Mar. 16) and Boston (Mar. 18).
Anaheim will face its California rivals nine times this season, five against Los Angeles and four vs. San Jose. All five games with the Kings will take place in the season’s second-half beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 at Honda Center. The Ducks will also play 10 sets of back-to-back games in 2015-16, two fewer than last season.
Individual regular season tickets for all Ducks games at Honda Center will go on sale later this summer.
Anaheim 2015-16 Season Tickets are available starting as low as $18 per game and offer many exciting and exclusive benefits. Fans can now purchase Season Tickets and place deposits on Mini Plan ticket packages by calling 1-877-WILD-WING or visiting AnaheimDucks.com/tickets.
2015-16 Ducks Regular Season Schedule
|Sat., Oct. 10||@ San Jose||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., Oct. 12||VANCOUVER||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Oct. 14||ARIZONA||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri, Oct. 16||COLORADO||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Oct. 18||MINNESOTA||5 p.m.|
|Thurs., Oct. 22||@ Nashville||5 p.m.|
|Sat., Oct. 24||@ Minnesota||3 p.m.|
|Mon., Oct. 26||@ Chicago||5:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Oct. 27||@ Dallas||5:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., Oct. 29||@ St. Louis||5 p.m.|
|Sun., Nov. 1||NASHVILLE||5 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 4||FLORIDA||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 6||COLUMBUS||7 p.m.|
|Sat., Nov. 7||@ San Jose||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., Nov. 9||ARIZONA||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 11||EDMONTON||7 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 13||NY ISLANDERS||7 p.m.|
|Mon., Nov. 16||@ Carolina||4 p.m.|
|Tues., Nov. 17||@ Nashville||5 p.m.|
|Thurs., Nov. 19||@ Florida||4:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Nov. 21||@ Tampa Bay||4 p.m.|
|Tues., Nov. 24||CALGARY||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 25||@ Arizona||6 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 27||CHICAGO||1 p.m.|
|Mon., Nov. 30||VANCOUVER||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Dec. 2||TAMPA BAY||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Dec. 4||SAN JOSE||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Dec. 6||PITTSBURGH||5 p.m.|
|Fri., Dec. 11||CAROLINA||7 p.m.|
|Thurs., Dec. 17||@ Buffalo||4 p.m.|
|Sat., Dec. 19||@ New Jersey||4 p.m.|
|Mon., Dec. 21||@ NY Islanders||4 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 22||@ NY Rangers||4 p.m.|
|Sun., Dec. 27||PHILADELPHIA||5 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 29||@ Calgary||6 p.m.|
|Thurs., Dec. 31||@ Edmonton||6 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 1||@ Vancouver||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 3||WINNIPEG||6 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 6||TORONTO||7 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 8||ST. LOUIS||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 10||DETROIT||5 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 13||OTTAWA||7 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 15||DALLAS||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 17||LOS ANGELES||6 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 20||MINNESOTA||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 22||@ Washington||4 p.m.|
|Sat., Jan. 23||@ Detroit||4 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 26||@ Boston||4 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 2||SAN JOSE||7 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 4||@ Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Feb. 5||ARIZONA||7 p.m.|
|Mon., Feb. 8||@ Pittsburgh||4 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 9||@ Philadelphia||4 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 11||@ Columbus||4 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 13||@ Chicago||5:30 p.m.|
|Mon., Feb. 15||@ Calgary||3 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 16||@ Edmonton||6 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 18||@ Vancouver||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 21||CALGARY||4 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 24||BUFFALO||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Feb. 26||EDMONTON||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 28||LOS ANGELES||6 p.m.|
|Wed., Mar. 2||MONTREAL||7 p.m.|
|Thurs., Mar. 3||@ Arizona||6 p.m.|
|Sat., Mar. 5||@ Los Angeles||1 p.m.|
|Mon., Mar. 7||WASHINGTON||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Mar. 9||@ Colorado||7 p.m.|
|Fri., Mar. 11||@ St. Louis||5 p.m.|
|Mon., Mar. 14||NEW JERSEY||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Mar. 16||NY RANGERS||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Mar. 18||BOSTON||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Mar. 20||@ Winnipeg||12 p.m.|
|Tues., Mar. 22||@ Montreal||4:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., Mar. 24||@ Toronto||4:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Mar. 26||@ Ottawa||4 p.m.|
|Mon., Mar. 28||@ Edmonton||6 p.m.|
|Wed., Mar. 30||CALGARY||7 p.m.|
|Fri., Apr. 1||VANCOUVER||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Apr. 3||DALLAS||6 p.m.|
|Tues., Apr. 5||WINNIPEG||7 p.m.|
|Thurs., Apr. 7||@ Los Angeles||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Apr. 9||@ Colorado||2:30 p.m.|