These are the Metro Vancouver filming locations used in Mighty Ducks: Game Changers

Mar 26 2021, 12:50 pm

After nearly three decades, the Mighty Ducks are back.

Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, a 10-episode Disney Plus series, officially launched on the streaming platform on Friday.

The new series is based in present-day Minnesota, where the Mighty Ducks have grown into a hyper-competitive youth hockey team — a night-and-day difference from the underdog Ducks of the ’90s.

When 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon) is cut from the Ducks, he and his mom (Lauren Graham) attempt to bring a new team together with a sole focus on defying the cutthroat nature that surrounds youth hockey.

The series was filmed in Metro Vancouver and features a handful of Canadian actors, including Vancouver-born Kiefer O’Reilly, who plays Logan. The 13-year-old actor was raised and plays hockey in Metro Vancouver, meaning that scenes both on and off the ice were a natural fit.

“They wanted to see me play hockey, they wanted me to send a video,” he tells Daily Hive in an interview. “And they liked it enough to book me.”

Many of the scenes were filmed in remote sets across Metro Vancouver — including those shot at the Ice Palace.

“The Ice Palace is where Gordon Bombay now lives, he runs a rundown ice rink,” O’Reilly says. “That was all built by hand in a warehouse. It was cool ’cause you turn a corner and it’s just a wall.”

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Gordon Bombay drives a Zamboni inside the Ice Palace (ABC/Liane Hentscher)

Here are some of the major locations in Metro Vancouver that were used to shoot Disney’s Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.

University of the Fraser Valley

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Hendrix Hockey Pavilion, home of the Mighty Ducks (Disney Plus)

The Hendrix Hockey Pavillion serves as the home rink of the present-day Mighty Ducks (bonus points if you caught the reference).

In real life, it’s the University of the Fraser Valley’s recently renovated Building K.

“The central Mighty Ducks rink was actually filmed really close to where I actually lived so, it was pretty cool going back and forth,” O’Reilly adds.

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The University of the Fraser Valley’s recently renovated and renewed Building K (UFV Today).

Abbotsford Centre

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An on-ice scene filmed at the Abbotsford Centre (Disney Plus/YouTube)

Many scenes inside the Hendrix Hockey Pavillion were filmed at the Abbotsford Centre, which features a 7,000 seat multi-purpose arena. The rink was also home to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat between 2009 and 2014.

Remote sets

 

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A number of hockey scenes from the series were filmed on remote sets and include custom-built rinks. Some of these sets were located in both Vancouver and Burnaby.

 

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Scotia Barn

Early production photos from Disney Plus show Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) and other cast members at Burnaby’s Scotia Barn ice rink. The massive facility contains six NHL-sized ice rinks, an indoor soccer field, and a dedicated skating rink. It hosts athletes of all ages and skill levels in Metro Vancouver.

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School

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The old wing of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School in North Vancouver (Google Maps).

Some of the school scenes featured in Mighty Ducks: Game Changers were shot at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School in North Vancouver. The school recently completed renovations and the old portion has been used for a number of film and television productions.

PNE Agrodome

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The PNE Agrodome features an ice surface for minor hockey and figure skating (PNE).

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.

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