Mighty Ducks: game changers, a Disney Plus series of 10 episodes, officially launched Friday on the streaming platform.
The new series is based in present-day Minnesota, where the Mighty Ducks have grown into a hyper-competitive youth hockey team – a difference day and night from the underdog Ducks of the ’90s.
When 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon) is cut off from the Ducks, he and his mom (Lauren Graham) attempt to assemble a new team with the sole purpose of challenging the fierce nature that surrounds youth hockey.
The series was filmed in the Metro Vancouver area and stars a handful of Canadian actors, including Vancouver-born Kiefer O’Reilly, who plays Logan. The 13-year-old actor grew up playing hockey in Metro Vancouver, which meant stages on and off the rink were a natural fit.
“They wanted to see me play hockey, they wanted me to send a video,” he told The Daily Hive in an interview. “And they liked it enough to reserve me.”
Many scenes were filmed in remote locations in the Metro Vancouver area, including those shot at the Ice Palace.
“The Ice Palace is where Gordon Bombay now lives, he runs a dilapidated ice rink,” says O’Reilly. “It was all built by hand in a warehouse. It was cool because you turn a corner and it’s just a wall.
Here are some of the major locations in Metro Vancouver that were used to film Disney’s Mighty Ducks: game changers.
University of the Fraser Valley
The Hendrix Hockey Pavilion serves as an ice rink for the current Mighty Ducks (bonus points if you caught the benchmark).
In real life, this is the recently renovated K. Building of the University of the Fraser Valley.
“The Mighty Ducks central rink was actually filmed very close to where I lived, so it was pretty cool to come and go,” O’Reilly adds.
Many scenes inside the Hendrix Hockey Pavilion were filmed at the Abbotsford Center, which features a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena. The rink also hosted AHL’s Abbotsford Heat between 2009 and 2014.
A number of the series’ hockey scenes were filmed on remote sets and include custom-built rinks. Some of these sets were in both Vancouver and Burnaby.
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The first Disney Plus production photos show Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) and other cast members at the Scotia Barn Ice Rink in Burnaby. The huge facility includes six NHL-sized rinks, an indoor soccer field and a dedicated rink. It welcomes athletes of all ages and levels to the Metro Vancouver area.
St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School
Some of the school scenes featured in Mighty Ducks: game changers were shot dead at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School in North Vancouver. The school recently completed its renovations and the old part has been used for a number of film and television productions.
A source tells Daily Hive that the PNE Agrodome, which is often used for minor hockey and figure skating, will also make an appearance in future episodes.