Anaheim Ducks busy in the offseason

Andersen Goalie Mask

The LA Kings might be the ones touring around with the Stanley Cup, but the Anaheim Ducks are busy taking care of business.

Goalie Frederick Andersen gets a new mask

Yes, goalies typically get a new mask painted every season, so there’d be no reason to expect Frederick Andersen to do otherwise. However, Andersen and DaveArt artist Dave Gunnarsson came up with a unique vision — the LEGO brickwall builder.

In this scene, titled “LEGO Goalie – The Brickwall Builder,” Andersen is depicted in cartoon form building a LEGO wall complete with an old Mighty Ducks poster. As an homage to an Andersen idol Gerry Cheevers, the cartoon Andersen has a 1970s stitched mask just above his head. The mask includes a silhouette of “The Little Mermaid,” a symbol of Andersen’s home country of Denmark. LEGO, just like Andersen and Gunnarsson, is also a Danish product.

Gunnarsson posted on his Facebook page about the inspiration:

“When you are a NHL goalie from Denmark, the land of LEGO, just like Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks, then you truly are a LEGO goalie.  Me and Frederik often brainstorm cool mask design ideas together, and this idea popped up… I made some quick sketches and there it was.”

Patrick Maroon signs a contract extension

The Ducks extended left wing Patrick Maroon’s contract for an additional three years, which will take him through the 2017-18 season. While Anaheim didn’t release financial details, CapGeek lists Maroon as making $6 million spread over three years.

Maroon is a solid second-line forward who played 62 games for the Ducks last season. He earned 29 points and a team-leading 101 penalty minutes in that time. He also made his presence known in the playoffs, scoring two goals and five assists — and leading the team in penalty minutes again, this time with 38.

Maroon said of the contract signing:

“I’ve been a part of the Ducks organization for a while now. They gave me a great opportunity to live my dream. Bob Murray has been nothing but good to me. We’ve been talking about this for a while now. I’m just glad to be a part of the Anaheim Ducks for the next four years.”

Ducks plan a Teemu Selanne tribute night

Surely no one is surprised that Teemu Selanne’s signature No. 8 is getting retired. Well, the Anaheim organization has a whole night dedicated to the Ducks’ all-time leading scorer — and one of the most popular players to ever suit up.

The Teemu Tribute Night is set for the January 11 game against the Winnipeg Jets, at which time Selanne will become the first Duck to have his number retired. Typically such ceremonies include an appearance by the player, video highlights of his career and a token gift to the player’s family. (Colorado Avalanche retired captain Joe Sakic received a custom painting of the Colorado mountains.)

Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli said of Selanne:

“Teemu is our franchise icon and deserves to be the first player in club history to have his jersey retired. His dedication to this franchise and our community is unmatched. We eagerly anticipate January 11, when we pay tribute to a world-class player, ambassador and champion, our own Teemu Selanne.”

Tickets for the event are part of the regular hockey game, though full-season, half-season and mini plan ticket holders are guaranteed first dibs.

 Photo Credit: Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt

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A professional writer, Nadia Archuleta is a hockey expert. In addition to maintaining her own hockey blog, Hockeygrrls, she has contributed sports writing for numerous websites. From the hockey smile to the butterfly style -- she covers it all.

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