The character's name Gordon Bombay is actually a combination of two well known brands of Gin. "Gordons" & "Bombay".
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Jake Gyllenhaal, who was unknown at the time, auditioned for the role of Charlie Conway, but his parents wouldn't let him do the movie so the producers ended up casting Joshua Jackson.
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Charlie Sheen was offered for the role of Gordon Bombay, but turned it down and later on his brother, Emilio Estevez, took the role.
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When the Anaheim Mighty Ducks were added as an expansion team to the National Hockey League, they were named after the movie because the team was owned by Disney. However, prior to the 2005-06 NHL season, the Ducks dropped "Mighty" from their name and are now known as the "Anaheim Ducks."
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Some of the young actors who claimed when they auditioned that they could play hockey were in fact lying and had to be trained before filming began.
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Adam Banks is often referred to as a "Cake Eater." This term is actually well known throughout Minnesota and refers to people who live in the city of Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis. A cake eater is saying is a person who is so rich they can have their cake and eat it too.
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The courtroom scenes (filmed in St. Cloud, Minnesota) were "dressed up" to give it a more "hockey feel" this included adding small black circles that looked like hockey pucks near the ceiling architecture. Instead of taking them down, the "hockey pucks" still remain today.
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Elden Henson, who played Fulton, and Garette Ratliff Henson, who played Guy, are brothers. Elden had to dye his hair and change his name so he would be cast as Fulton.
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Vincent LaRusso wasn't given the role of Adam Banks initially, but later it was given to him when the child who originally played Banks became too difficult to work with.
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Leonardo DiCaprio auditioned for the part of Charlie Conway but lost out to Joshua Jackson. In similar fashion, Juliette Lewis tried out for the part of Connie, but lost out to Marguerite Moreau.
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Bill Murray was considered to play Gordon Bombay, but deemed too old.
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The original premise of Mighty Ducks was much darker with very little comedy about an ex-NHL player turned alcoholic who seeks revenge on his old coach by coaching opposite him. The main idea stayed when Disney bought the rights to the movie, but some elements were changed (such as Bombay is now a lawyer, who never played in the NHL, who must do community service for a DUI), including much more emphasis on comedy and downplaying most of the adult themes.
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The Banks' home address as stated by the hockey league worker, 450 North Hennepin Ave, is a real address in Minneapolis, Minnesota but it is for a parking lot.
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Jane Plank did not really know how to figure skate; Katie Wahlquist was the figure skating stunt double for Tammy Duncan.
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On the Ducks' jersey, there is a duck wearing a "D-5" jersey that is similar to the jersey the kids wear at the beginning of the movie.
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Film was shot under the title "Bombay" at the North Star game used in the film.
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The scene amid the ice sculptures was filmed during the St Paul Winter Carnival, in Rice Park where the ice sculpture contest occurs. It was originally planned for the ice palace that had been built by the Mississippi for the carnival, but an unseasonably warm January was melting the palace, making it unsafe to film inside.
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Number 10 on the Ducks' rival team, the Hawks, is named Herek. The film was directed by Stephen Herek.
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Steven Brill, the original writer of the movie, requested to play Bombay, but was denied by Disney because they wanted a big name for the role.
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Actors considered for the role of Gordon Bombay before it was given to Emilio Estevez include Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Michael J. Fox, and his own brother Charlie Sheen.
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During the final part of the hockey game, in the DVD version, a Queen song plays when the game ends. In the TV version (and foreign versions) just the traditional music score plays during the end of the game.
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Gordon Bombay's car is a 1991 Chevrolet Corvette C4.
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Filming began on January 22, 1992 and ended that spring on April 11th.
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Mr. Ducksworth's jersey is #34, Josef Sommer (Ducksworth) was born in the year 1934.
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Gordon takes the Ducks to see an NHL game between two teams that were both relocated a few years after the movie was released. In 1993, a year after the movie, the Minnesota North Stars moved to Texas and became the Dallas Stars, and The Hartford Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997. Also, both teams have won the Stanley Cup since their moves: Dallas in 1999, Carolina in 2006. The team also watches the North Stars game at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Met Center was demolished two years after the movie, in 1994. (The site is now home to an Ikea store. Ikea is in the parking lot of the old Met Center site, but Mall of America is not on the former hockey arena's site at all. It's across the street on the site of the old Met Stadium baseball/football stadium former home to the Twins and Vikings.)
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Bombay's license plate says "JustWin."
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The only film in the trilogy where no one on the Ducks team is even referred to as the team captain. Banks is (mistakenly) referred to as captain in the second film, until Charlie later is. And Charlie is correctly called the team captain in the third film. (Before being stripped of it and then later, being awarded it again.)
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Gordon Bombay's chauffeur Lewis drives a 1992 Ford Club Wagon XLT [E-350] and a 1988 Lincoln Town car stretch limousine.
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Both Shaun Weiss & Aaron Schwartz starred together in Heavyweights (1995) (1995) also starring Kenan Thompson, who played Russ Tyler in the two sequels.
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When the team is playing as District 5, Averman's orange shirt has the number 4 on it. This is the same number he wears when they play as the Ducks and will be on his future team jerseys.
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A common misconception, in regards to Gordon's flashback. His team does not lose because he did not make the penalty shot, despite the opposing team and goalie celebrating. Gordon clearly states that his team went on to lose in overtime. Gordon blames himself for the loss because he had "the game on his stick" so to speak.
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This movie ends with Gordon getting on a Greyhound bus. The second movie begins with him getting off a Greyhound bus.
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