According to USA Hockey, there are about 4,800 registered players in the state of California.
The San Jose Sharks make their NHL debut; the team, along with winger
will go on to lose a league-record 71 games in its second season.
On the heels of its 1992 hit movie
The Mighty Ducks,
the Walt Disney Company brings a team to Anaheim and calls it, naturally, the Mighty Ducks.
The number of registered players in California swells to about 15,500.
The Sharks trade Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart to the Bruins in November for center
(left), who scores a league-high 125 points and wins the Hart Trophy, the only MVP to be traded midseason.