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D2: The Mighty Ducks
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Film information
Directed by: Sam Weisman
Produced by: Jon Avnet
Jordan Kerner
Written by: Steven Brill
Music by: J.A.C. Redford
Cinematography: Mark Irwin
Editing by: John F. Link
Eric Sears
Studio: Avnet/Kerner Productions
Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date(s): March 25, 1994
Running time: 106 min
Language: English
Gross Revenue: $45,610,410 (USA)
Preceded by: The Mighty Ducks
Followed by: D3: The Mighty Ducks

D2: The Mighty Ducks also known as The Mighty Ducks 2 is the second film in The Mighty Ducks triliogy and the first theatrical sequel to The Mighty Ducks, produced by Avnet-Kerner Productions and Buena Vista Distribution, distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and originally released to movie theatres on March 25, 1994.

The film saw the debut of the uniforms similar to the ones worn by the real-life Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, then owned by The Walt Disney Company and that had joined the NHL in the previous year.

Plot

Former peewee hockey coach Gordon Bombay is a star in the minor leagues and is expected to make it to the NHL soon. However, after a career-ending knee injury, he returns to Minneapolis. Bombay is then offered a chance to coach a team representing the United States in the Junior Goodwill Games. Team USA consists of many of the old Ducks, in addition to five new players with special talents.

The lure of celebrity becomes a distraction to Bombay, who begins to neglect the team in exchange for a luxurious lifestyle. Fortunately, easy victories come over Trinidad and Tobago and Italy in the double-elimination tournament. During this time, Fulton Reed and Dean Portman gain recognition for their enforcer skills, becoming known as the "Bash Brothers". Backup goaltender Julie asks Bombay for a chance to play, but he tells her to wait, as current goalie Greg Goldberg is on a hot streak.

Reality sets in when the team suffers an embarrassing 12-1 defeat at the hands of Team Iceland, coached by ex-NHL player Wolf "The Dentist" Stansson, who is known for his tough reputation. Team USA plays badly, with Julie and Portman ejected from the game. Star center Adam Banks manages to score a goal but gets slashed in the wrist moments later. Frustrated, Bombay drives his players even harder, but they begin to suffer, completely exhausted. Eventually, the team's tutor, Michelle McKay, cancels their practice and confronts Bombay, while the players come across a street hockey team who teaches them how to play like "the real Team USA".

However, Bombay continues to suffer until one of his mentors, Hans, personally visits him, and reminds him of how he used to love the game. During a match against Team Germany, Bombay fails to arrive on time, forcing Charlie to tell the referee that Michelle is actually "Coach McKay". They play poorly, entering the third period tied, until Bombay shows up and apologizes for his behavior. Inspired by their coach's "return", the players come back to win the game and advance to the next round. The renewed Bombay finally realizes Adam's wrist injury, benching him despite his complaints. To fill the open roster spot, Charlie recruits street hockey player, Russ Tyler, whose unique "knucklepuck" (which rotates end over end toward its target as opposed to spinning about its centerline) secures USA's victory over Russia (who defeated Iceland earlier), advancing USA to the championship game for a rematch against Iceland. Before the game, Adam's injury is healed and returns to Team USA's locker room, only to find they already have a full roster. Charlie gives up his spot on the roster so Adam can play, cementing his position as the true team captain.

At first, Iceland appears to be out to dominate Team USA again, but they manage to score one goal. Unfortunately, the Ducks take penalties: Ken picks a fight with an Iceland player ("stick, gloves, shirt") after scoring the team's first goal, the Bash brothers celebrate this by fighting with the entire Iceland bench and Dwayne lassoes an opposing player, about to check Connie. Bombay is annoyed because "this isn't a hockey game, it's a circus."

After a motivational locker room speech from Bombay and new Duck jerseys from Jan, the team emerges rejuvenated. The Ducks manage to tie the game when Russ outsmarts Team Iceland by disguising himself as Goldberg, so as to prevent himself from being covered and pulling off a successful "knucklepuck". The game is forced to go to a five-shot shootout. With a 4-3 score in favor of the Ducks, Gunner Stahl (the tournament's leading scorer) is Team Iceland's final shooter. Bombay knows Gunner favors shooting the glove side after a triple deke, and replaces Goldberg with Julie, who has a faster glove. Gunner advances on Julie and fires a hard slapshot. Although Julie falls to the ice, she slowly turns to look at her glove while the entire stadium (and presumably the home audience of millions) waits in breathless anticipation. She then opens her glove and drops the puck, signifying the game-winning save. With this, the Ducks triumph over Iceland to win the tournament.

The film concludes with the team returning to Minnesota on a plane and sitting around a campfire singing Queen's "We Are the Champions" as the credits roll.

Cast

In credits order

Cameo appearances

There are several cameo appearances in D2: The Mighty Ducks from famous athletes.

  • Kristi Yamaguchi - Champion Olympic figure skater
  • Greg Louganis - Champion Olympic diver
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Basketball player
  • Wayne Gretzky, Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, Cam Neely - Professional (NHL) Ice Hockey players

Departures

Mighty Duck players that were in the first film but not this one:

Gallery


The Mighty Ducks
The Mighty Ducks Symbol

Media: The Mighty Ducks | D2: The Mighty Ducks | D3: The Mighty Ducks | Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series (Episode List) (Theme Song)

Movie Characters: Gordon Bombay | Ted Orion | Charlie Conway | Fulton Reed | Greg Goldberg | Lester Averman | Jesse Hall | Peter Mark | Dave Karp | Guy Germaine | Connie Moreau | Tommy Duncan | Tammy Duncan | Adam Banks | Julie Gaffney | Dean Portman | Dwayne Robertson | Russ Tyler | Luis Mendoza | Ken Wu

Mighty Duck Characters: Wildwing Flashblade | Nosedive Flashblade | Duke L'Orange | Tanya Vanderflock | Mallory McMallard | Check "Grin" Hardwing | Canard Thunderbeak | Phil Palmfeather | Captain Klegghorn | Thrash & Mookie | Bernie "Buzz" Blitzman | Dr. Huggarman | Borg | B.R.A.W.N. | Tai Quack Do | Lord Dragaunus | Siege | Chameleon | Wraith | Hunter Drones | Dr. Droid | Asteroth | Falcone | Lucretia DeCoy | Dr. Swindle | Big Daddy-O Cool | Dr. Wally Pretorious | Phineas P. Viper | Baron Von Licktenstamp | Alvin Yasbeck | Stanley Strazinski

Locations: Puckworld | The Pond | Anaheim, California

Vehicles: Zambonie | Duck Foil | Aerowing | Duckcycles | Migrator

Hockey Teams: Mighty Ducks of Anaheim | District 5 Ducks | Team USA | Eden Hall Warriors

Other: The Disney Afternoon

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