I couldn’t have put it in better words so this is word for word exactly what the Ducks have published…
Here is what the Ducks said about the 21st Duck and 2018-19 seasons 21st Duck Michael and his story:
Ducks Announce 21st Duck is Michael Lu
He will be introduced as part of the team during the Home Opener on October 8
by Ducks Staff @AnaheimDucks / AnaheimDucks.com
On Oct. 8 in the club’s 25th Anniversary home opener, the Ducks will continue the tradition of creating a spot on their Opening Night Roster for the 21st Duck. The honor is earned by a Ducks fan who embodies characteristics such as great perseverance, character, courage and inspiration who is making significant contributions to our community.
This year’s 21st Duck is Michael Lu, a dedicated Ducks fan since 1993 who is living with Parkinson’s disease. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlafsurprised Michael with the announcement followed by Michael joining the Ducks for a recent practice (see video above).
Michael, 29, was raised playing roller and ice hockey since age four in the Jr. Ducks program. He continued playing locally until being stricken with Parkinson’s last year. Even though he cannot play at the level he once did, he works as a hockey instructor in the Ducks Learn to Play Program powered by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, where he helps grow children’s hockey skills and love for the game. Michael is also studying toward his Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology to counsel children with disabilities. Michael is optimistic and hopeful about life and his journey with Parkinson’s. He works with the nonprofit organization Parkinson’s Resource Organization as a member of the Board of Directors, and is making it his mission to take his diagnosis to help raise awareness for Parkinson’s to find a cure. Michael’s goal is to help inspire those with Parkinson’s, and demonstrate that the disease does not define him.
Kai Quinonez and Katie Hawley were the first two honorees of the club’s 21st Duck program. Both will be in attendance on Oct. 8, as Michael is introduced as part of the team that evening.
Blog post coming up next… Michael Lu on being the 21st Duck, Home Opener vs Detroit Red Wings, & the 2 games between the Ducks and Coyotes
This season marks the 25th Anniversary of the Anaheim Ducks franchise. It is going to be a season filled with many surprises and who knows maybe one of those many surprises might be going far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!!!!
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