I’ve been covering this little Mighty Ducks reunion tour the Anaheim Ducks have been putting on quite extensively now. We had Adam Banks, Guy Germaine and Julie the Cat spotted together at the Ducks vs Islanders game last month. Then we saw some of the Ducks back out on the ice together for the first time and Banksy was wearing rental skates like a total cake eater. Then Keenan Thompson decided to bank in on this reunion tour by selling the “Knuckle Puck”. So the Ducks have been back in our lives here and it’s been great to see. As someone who has been leading the charge to get a “D4: The Mighty Ducks” in production for years now, I love seeing the Ducks all together again and back in action.
What I don’t love seeing, however, is how ineffective the Flying V would appear to be in today’s version of the game. I mean just look at this shit real quick.
The game of hockey continues to get faster and faster as the years go on. So you can even completely disregard the fact that the Ducks have 9 players out on the ice here. They are moving so slow down the ice that even a fairly competent high school team could sniff this one out and break it up. Hell, we saw the Flying V start to get sniffed out by high school teams already in D3, and that was 20 years ago.
And yes, I realize that the camera is in slow motion here but even if you sped it up, they’re still not buzzing through the neutral zone. And that’s the kind of hockey you need to play these days to be successful. You need to be fast. You need to get up and down the ice. I think the fact that Kenny Wu needs to be the one to lead the Flying V here just speaks volumes to the overall effectiveness of this play today. No disrespect to Kenny Wu here or anything but it just doesn’t have the same effect as Jesse Hall running point on the V.
I guess what I’m saying is that all great things must come to an end at some point. And as much as it pains me to say this, I think it might be time to put the Flying V to rest. For better or worse, the game has simply evolved past it. It’s time to move on.
With that being said–it clearly gave the Ducks some juice heading into last night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. Kevin Boyle made his first start between the pipes in the NHL and he came away with a 1-0 shutout win. Nottabigdeal.