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30Anaheim Ducks - Steve Rucchin

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The timing wasn’t right for the (then) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim forward Steve Rucchin to don the captain's “C” and in Orange County. Rucchin, a fan favorite in Anaheim, was named team captain for the 2003-04 campaign and after the departure of the great former Ducks captain, Paul Kariya.

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did the longtime Mighty Duck have big shoes to fill, but Anaheim was only months removed from a heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final (2003). In 2003-04, the Ducks were depleted and no longer entailed a championship caliber squad. And, as for Rucchin, it was a down year. He finished his only season as the Ducks’ captain with a minus-14 rating, and had 15 fewer points than the season before. The Ducks missed the playoffs that year, too.

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