When the Walt Disney Company sold the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to Henry Samueli in 2005, one of his first orders as owner was to re-brand the team without the adjective in front.
Spawned from the the Emilio Estavez classic film The Mighty Ducks, the franchise held that name for 12 seasons before Samueli ordered a full re-brand. Setting the team down a new path with a different logo and color scheme.
Reports are starting to circulate though that the 2013-14 season, the Duck's 20th season, may see the return of The Mighty Ducks... at least for one night.
Per a Duck's press release, the 20th anniversary season will showcase several homages to their short but rich history. One of the events planned to honor the team is a "Throwback Night" near the beginning of the season, celebrating the inaugural 1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim season. According to Andrew Heidecker, a Ducks season ticket holder, that night may feature the return of the Mighty Ducks.
I am a season ticket holder for the Anaheim Ducks. During their select-a-seat promotion, they had all the high-ups of the Ducks organization there. I spoke with one of them and he informed me that the Ducks will become Mighty once more during a game in October.
They will revive the 1993 [inaugural] jersey (he was not sure if it would be eggplant or white since home was light colors back then) but he did say that it will be set to the new Reebok Edge jersey and will be available for sale all season long in the Ducks team store.
Currently, the jersey is set to be worn for only one game early in October, but that can be altered to more than one game. Not to sound antsy, but the way he said it, it sounded like there may be more than one "MIGHTY" jersey being produced for wear this season.
It's worth mentioning that the Ducks will be playing an outdoor contest with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday January 25. That would also be a great day to bring the Mighty back to the Ducks as it will garner a lot of media coverage and fan interest. Because when I think outdoor hockey, I think Los Angeles.
This would give the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim a home and away game, and allow the use of the original white jersey and the purple one in the same year. It would invariably lead to an increase in retro-jersey sales.