ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Some athletes and coaches will tell you things like uniforms don't matter, that the athlete underneath the gearand the work, the desire and the heart matter more than the fashion statement on the outside.
But a uniform is not as meaningless as it sounds. It's something athletes put on and wear with pride. The emblem across the chest can signify so much more than just a simple design; it characterizes a team, a town and an identity.
The Ducks renewed their original identity Sunday at Honda Center, donning the original Mighty Ducks of Anaheim uniforms in celebration of the club's first-ever win 20 years ago to the date.
The more fitting celebration came on the ice where the Ducks defeated Ottawa, the team they beat in 2007 to win their first Stanley Cup, 4-1.
"I was super, super excited about the retro gear," said goaltender Jonas Hiller, who won his third-straight start. "If it were up to me, we could play the whole season like that."
The mood was equal parts ...