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#4 Lester Averman

Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN
Position: Forward
Appearances: D1, D2, D3
Played by: Matt Doherty

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Due to the Jewfro and the surname.
  • Last-Name Basis: The only times we hear Averman's first name being used is either when Coach Bombay does his first roll call or by the play-by-play announcer calling the action on the ice.
  • Nerd Glasses: Even wears them on the ice.
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#99 Adam Banks

Hometown: Edina, MN
Position: Forward
Appearances: D1, D2, D3
Played by: Vincent Larusso
The most talented all-around hockey player on the Ducks. Originally on the Hawks due to an administrative oversight.
  • The Ace: Most talented player on the team (both the Ducks and Hawks).
  • Broken Ace: He pushes himself to high standards, especially in D2 when he notices scouts in the stands observing the tournament in the game against Trinidad and Tobago — even though Charlie tells him to don't worry about them and just play the film cuts to him turning the puck over ahead of a T&T goal. Later when his wrist is injured by a cheap shot by an Iceland player he tries to get off the injured list before the wrist is healed and continues to beg to Bombay to let him play.
  • Determinator: The most ambitious player on the team.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Known as "Cake Eater" due to his affluent upbringing. Truth in Television as this is a common epithet in the Twin Cities for residents of Edina.
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  • Heel–Face Turn: Originally on the Hawks in D1 before it was revealed that Banks should be on the Ducks because the districts' boundaries had been redrawn the prior year. His attitude seems to change with it in an apparent case of his Hawks teammates giving him a Toxic Friend Influence as he was one of those who were cornering the Ducks in the alley in D1.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Unlike the other kids on District 5/the Ducks, Adam lives in the affluent suburbs. Especially in the first movie, there was initial tension between him and the rest of the team (especially Jesse) save Charlie when Bombay is able to win him over to the Ducks — it takes a while for the rest of the team to warm up to him.

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#96 Charlie Conway

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Forward
Appearances: D1, D2, D3
Played by: Joshua Jackson
The Captain of the team.

#5 Tammy Duncan

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Forward
Appearances: D1
Played by: Jane Plank
Older sister of Tommy Duncan. Initially a figure skater before Coach Bombay recruited her.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her figure skating skills get employed during the Pee-Wee championship game against the Hawks, where she spins in place near the goal and inflicts Confusion Fu on all the Hawks players before Tommy passes her the puck and she stuffs it in for a goal faster than they can snap out of it.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Did not return to the series after the first movie.

#2 Tommy Duncan

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Defenseman
Appearances: D1
Played by: Danny Tamberelli
Younger brother of Tammy Duncan.

#6 Julie "the Cat" Gaffney

Hometown: Bangor, ME
Position: Goalie
Appearances: D2, D3
Played by: Colombe Jacobsen

The second goalie introduced to the team. Initially the back-up for the second movie, she gets promoted to starting goaltender during the third. Her glove is considered her strength.
  • Academic Athlete: More so than the other Ducks. She's consistently shown to take her studies the most seriously out of all of them throughout the two movies she appears in:
    • In D2, when the rest of the Ducks are sleeping in class after Coach Bombay's late-night drills she's the least visibly affected, only getting as far as her eyes closing while sitting straight up for a couple seconds before blinking them awake again.
    • In D3, the Dean of Eton Hall notes that Julie's an "A" student.
  • Put Me In, Coach!: Throughout D2 although Julie shows she has the skills, she remains the backup goalie as Goldberg plays all the minutes of the tournament, which gets to her enough to have a scene where she talks with Coach Bombay in his office about wanting to start. She gets her first action during the first Iceland game, though only after Goldberg's been lit up badly and Team USA's down a lot; said action ends up being ejected for intent to injure two Iceland players (granted, they were being dicks by hassling her for being a girl) before play even resumes. Her actual time to shine comes in the rematch, where after the game goes the full 60 minutes tied and it gets down to the 5th and final round of the shootout with the USA up 4-3, Bombay goes to her to face Iceland's top scorer in Gunner Stahl because Bombay believes Stahl will go triple-deke glove-side which she's better at than Goldberg — Julie makes the save to seal the victory.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Goldberg's Red — she's cool, calm, collected, and approaches her job professionally. Though that doesn't mean she's not above getting dirty when the situation deteriorates and calls for more drastic action: after subbing in for Goldberg during the first Iceland game she gets hassled for being a girl by two Iceland players, then sweet-talks them into helping her with her pads before kneeing both of them when they go down to help (the game was plenty out of hand score-wise). After she gets ejected for intent to injure, she enters Team USA's locker room where Portman, who had been ejected three seconds into the game and was throwing a massive fit breaking stools and pounding on tables, she calmly approaches him and waits for him to notice her and say "Hi" before she replies, "I know how you feel."

#00 Guy Germaine

Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Position: Forward
Appearances: D1, D2, D3
Played by: Garette Ratliff Henson

#34 Greg Goldberg

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Position: Goalie, later Defenseman
Appearances: D1, D2, D3
Played by: Shaun Weiss
The Ducks' original goaltender...who was afraid of the puck until Coach Bombay got him over that fear. In D3, he eventually loses his starting job to Julie and converts to a defenseman.
  • Always Second Best: To Julie, who quickly establishes herself as a far superior goalie in D2.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Not outright stated, but his last name, his pleading to Bombay about his mother wanting him to live to his bar mitzvah after Bombay ties him to the goal before the whole team fires a barrage of pucks at him, and his tendency to complain paint him this way.
  • Fat Comic Relief: On the hefty side and a frequent butt of jokes and comedy gags, like being left tied to the goal after practice in D1 or Russ heckling him from the stands with a cheeseburger-as-a-puck joke in D2.
  • Gasshole: Always the first one blamed if the team is in an enclosed space and they start smelling something rank.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Julie's Blue — he talks a lot to psyche himself up and doesn't make it difficult to figure out how he's feeling.

#9 Jesse Hall

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Forward
Appearances: D1, D2
Played by: Brandon Adams
Older brother of Terry Hall.

#1 Terry Hall

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Forward
Appearances: D1
Played by: Jussie Smollett

Younger brother of Jesse Hall.


  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Did not return to the series after the first movie.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Jesse and Terry's father unloads on Bombay for forcing his players to take dives. Years later Jussie Smollett would also go on to be known for faking injuries...

#11 Dave Karp

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Defenseman
Appearances: D1
Played by: Aaron Schwartz

#24 Peter Mark

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Defenseman
Appearances: D1
Played by: J.D. Daniels

#22 Luis Mendoza

Hometown: Miami, FL
Position: Forward
Appearances: D2, D3
Played by: Mike Vitar
Probably the fastest player any time he's on the ice and always a threat to get a breakaway...if he can ever figure out how to stop without crashing.
  • Captain Crash: His speed is a major asset, but the fact that he can't consistently control his deceleration means something else has to stop him. That's usually either another player or the boards.
  • The Casanova: Successfully swoops in on the rival team captain's girlfriend in D3.

#18 Connie Moreau

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Forward
Appearances: D1, D2, D3
Played by: Marguerite Moreau

  • Silk Hiding Steel: Not afraid to push around male players who get on her nerves, including an Iceland goon who would have body checked her if not for Dwayne's intervention.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Initially. She's the only original female member of the Ducks when they're first introduced as District 5, with Tammy recruited onto the team later and Julie switching in for Tammy in D2.
  • Token Romance: With Guy.

#21 Dean Portman

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Position: Defenseman
Appearances: D2, D3
Played by: Aaron Lohr
The newer enforcer of the team when he joins Team USA for the Junior Goodwill Games. One of the two Bash Brothers alongside Fulton Reed.
  • Bash Brothers: With Fulton starting in D2, explicitly being nicknamed such by Tibbles once they start bowling over opposing players together and having fun doing it.
  • The Big Guy: His physical stature is really the only reason he's on Team USA. Coach Bombay objects at first that the Ducks do not play "goon hockey", but Tibbles notes that they'll need the physical size against Iceland.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: At the beginning of D3, decides to remain in Chicago instead of accepting the scholarship to Eden Hall. Changes his mind and returns midway through the JV-Varsity Showdown, which turns the game around in the Ducks' favor.
  • Dumb Muscle: His grades are...poor, to say the least.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He's the tallest guy on the team and he skates out singing along with heavy metal music and knocking the Ducks to the ice for no apparent reason.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Strips down to his pants in the penalty box, sending the ladies in the arena into a screaming tizzy.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Tossed from the first game against Iceland in D2 for knocking a referee to the ice. He's able to see the rest of the game on a TV set in the locker room and is furious at not being able to help his team, to the point that he breaks a stool over his knee.

#44 Fulton Reed

Hometown: Stillwater, MN
Position: Defenseman
Appearances: D1, D2, D3
Played by: Elden Henson
The original enforcer of the team, though he also has a powerful slap shot.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His slap shot has a ton of power behind it, but only being able to hit the goal 1 out of 5 times really does limit its usefulness in a game situation. Thanks to Bombay's coaching, though, his accuracy improves as the series progresses.
  • Bash Brothers: With Portman starting in D2, explicitly being nicknamed such by Tibbles once they start bowling over opposing players together and having fun doing it.
  • The Big Guy: His physical stature gives the D1 Ducks some much-needed muscle. He's also quite protective of his team, coming to the rescue and retaliating against those who try to bully his teammates.
  • Bully Hunter: Rescues the Ducks from the Hawks in the first and second movies.
  • The Dreaded: His shot's reputation precedes him to the Ducks' opponents, which the Ducks exploit a couple times in the series.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Between his protectiveness of his team both before and after Bombay recruits him and his enthusiasm when he celebrates along with his teammates whenever he finishes paying them back, Fulton seems most at home with his team.
  • Mysterious Protector: His first appearance in the trilogy is him rescuing a bunch of District 5 kids being bullied by three Hawks players (Banks, Larsen, and McGill) in a street alley by picking them up off the ground and tossing them onto a garbage pile, then walking off once the kids thank him. He doesn't say a word during this scene.
  • Signature Move: A slap shot known to render men unconscious and leave puck-sized bruises on the palms of goalies.

#7 Dwayne Robertson

Hometown: Austin, TX
Position: Forward
Appearances: D2, D3
Played by: Ty O'Neal

  • Cowboy: The Rodeo Rider variant: His lasso becomes a staple of the team's practices. An example of Cast the Expert as Ty O'Neal is a real-life rodeo cowboy and horse trainer.
  • Establishing Character Moment: "YEE-HAW! How's everyone? Y'all ready to play some puck?"
  • Old-School Chivalry: Rescues Connie from a severe body check in D2. With the lasso, naturally.
    Where I come from, people treat ladies with respect!

#56 Russ Tyler

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Position: Defenseman
Appearances: D2, D3
Played by: Kenan Thompson

  • Catch Phrase: "Watch out, boys, it's knucklepuck time!"
  • The Gadfly: At first he's just a loudmouthed kid in the stands in D2. He and his friends turn out to be quite good at hockey themselves, to the point that Charlie arranges for him to join the team.
  • Signature Move: The knucklepuck.

#16 Ken Wu

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Position: Forward
Appearances: D2, D3
Played by: Justin Wong

  • Adorkable: When trying to learn how to talk trash.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Like Tammy Duncan, he breaks out his figure skating skills when the Ducks need an on-ice distraction in D2.

Gordon Bombay

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Coach
Appearances: D1,D2, D3
Played by: Emilio Estevez

  • Amoral Attorney: Resorts to somewhat unscrupulous tactics to win cases.
  • A Father to His Men: Especially Charlie.
  • Career-Ending Injury: At the beginning of D2, he's playing for a minor-league team and has a significant chance of reaching the NHL. This ends when an especially rough body check busts his knee.
  • Dating Catwoman: Goes out for ice cream with Marria, Team Iceland's trainer, in D2.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Remembers his father fondly as an encouraging counterpoint to Coach Reilly.
  • Distracted by the Luxury: His semi-celebrity status goes to his head in D2, to the point that he lapses back into negative reinforcement.
  • Drunk Driver: His community service sentence for this is the reason he ends up coaching the Ducks.
  • My Greatest Failure: Missing a penalty shot in a pee-wee championship game is the reason he hates hockey as an adult, until coaching the Ducks brings him back.
  • Teacher/Parent Romance: Briefly, with Casey Conway.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Is on both ends of this trope throughout the series. When he himself was in pee-wee hockey, he had every desire to make his coach Riley proud (since his own dad had died from illness) and was utterly devastated when the penalty shot that could have sealed the 1973 Championship went off the post; it took until the 1993 Championship when Riley had Adam cross-checked out of the game did he realizes how disposable Riley actually thought of him and called him out on it. Twenty years later, Charlie ends up looking up to him as a surrogate dad after Charlie's father left him and his mother; he has several one-on-one conversations with Gordon during the series, even in D3 when Gordon is no longer the Ducks' coach.

Ted Orion

Position: Coach
Appearances: D3
Played by: Jeffrey Nordling

  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Not nearly as lenient with the Ducks as Bombay was, so they assume he's a plain-old Jerkass until they learn why he left professional hockey: His daughter was severely disabled in an auto accident and he retired to care for her.


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