Beginning in 2021, the sequel series is available on Disney Plus. “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” takes place in the modern-day, with Estevez reprising his role as Coach Bombay. The Ducks have become an ultra-competitive powerhouse team focused entirely on winning. Bombay steps in to help coach a child that has been cut by the Ducks.
Estevez starts another youth hockey team, gaining players and getting back to his roots. We’re not going to give anything away, but the big conflict is the new team – the “Don’t Bothers” – against Bombay’s old team. Unfortunately, the new team has little more than a wing and a prayer.
Hey...You Look Familiar
Actor Jack White appears in all three films, though in two different roles. In the first two films, he was a referee, but in “D3,” he was Coach Wilson, the coach of Eden Hall's Varsity team. White has actually been involved in many films that have to do with hockey and is what IMDB calls a “hockey technical advisor” – essentially someone that makes sure the details are right.
Scott Whyte plays two different characters in “D2” and “D3.” Screenwriter Steven Brill plays a different minor role in each film, and in “D3,” the members of the varsity team are acted by the same ones who played the Hawks in the first film.
It's From the Nineties All Right
No one who watches any three of the films will think it was filmed at any other period, and not just because of hairstyles and clothing choices, too. The choice of including “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch locks the first film in the time period so hard it can practically cause whiplash.
There are also two real hockey teams mentioned that have changed – the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993, replaced by the Wild in 2000, while the Hartford Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997. Dwayne Robertson actually mentions the North Stars moving to Texas.
Old and New Faces on the Ice
The first season of the reboot reunited fan-favorite characters such as Coach Bombay (played by Emilio Estevez), Connie Moreau (played by Marguerite Moreau), and Guy Germaine (played by Garette Ratliff Henson).
Mighty Ducks fans were also introduced to some fresh faces including Alex Morrow (played by Lauren Graham of "Gilmore Girls" fame) and Evan Morrow (played by Brady Noon). It was sadly announced that Charlie Conway (played by Joshua Jackson) wouldn't be returning to the reboot and that Estevez wouldn't be returning for the second season.
Coach Bombay's Replacement
Attempting to fill the rather large skates left behind by Coach Bombay (played by Emilio Estevez) is Coach Gavin Cole (played by Josh Duhamel).
As a former NFL coach, we're excited to see the diverse skillset that Coach Cole will bring to the Mighty Ducks. There's no doubt that season 2 will be fresh and exciting!