February 25, 2005 – Disney Sells the Mighty Ducks Hockey Team
“We are confident that Henry and Susan Samueli will bring continued success to the Ducks and we will remain among the biggest fans of the team going forward.” – Michael Eisner
On February 25, 2005, Disney sold the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim hockey team to Broadcom Corporation co-founder Henry Samueli and his wife Susan. The team was originally founded by Disney in 1993, named after the hit 1992 film The Mighty Ducks, and Disney had tried to sell the team since 2002. In 2004, when the NHL’s labor dispute led to a lockout of the 2004-2005 season, Disney tried to sell again at well below the franchise’s original price. Samueli bought the team for $75 million, and promised to keep the Ducks in Orange County, California. The team would late be renamed the Anaheim Ducks.