D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) Poster

Jeffrey Nordling: Coach Ted Orion



  • Coach Orion : [picks hockey puck up off the ice and addresses the Ducks]  What's the one thing all great teams have in common?

    Lester Averman : Great coaching.

    Coach Orion : [unamused]  Don't try to suck up to me, Averman.


    Coach Orion : Defense. See, unlike scoring, defense never quits, but to play great defense, you need one thing above all else.

    Lester Averman : [sarcastically to Goldberg]  Bet it starts with a "W."

    Coach Orion : Confidence. Listen, if you learn nothing else when you're here, you learn this. All right? 'Cause it's not just about hockey. It's easy to be confident when you have control of the puck. It's very, very difficult to keep that confidence when you gotta take whatever strange bounces life throws your way. Don't be careless, but don't be too careful either. You cannot be afraid to lose. That's how you gain the confidence to attack the game when the puck isn't yours. That's how you attack life even when you think you don't have any control. And that's how you play real defense.

  • Gordon Bombay : [to the board]  These scholarships, an offer, became a binding contract upon the signatures of the recipients and acceptance by the Ducks. They cannot be voided except for cause which I guarantee you, you have none. Should you decide to pursue their cancellation, I will slap you with an injunction. I will tie this matter up in court for years until long after these kids have gone on to college. And I will collect damages. I will win because I am very, very good. You know why I'm so good? Because I had a good education. You gave it to me and you're gonna give it to these kids.

    Coach Orion : [to Charlie]  He is good.

    Charlie Conway : Just getting started.

  • Coach Orion : You're playing hard. I'm proud of you guys.

    Luis Mendoza : They're cheap-shotting us to death.

    Coach Orion : I know they are. I know they are.

    Lester Averman : It's going to take a miracle for us to hold on.

    Dean Portman : [enters the lockeroom reading his scholarship]  Dean Portman is awarded a full athletic and academic scholarship to the Eden Hall Academy. I had this lying around the house in Chicago, my attorney thought I should sign, I agreed. It's official boys. I'm back!

    Charlie Conway : [aside to Orien]  Bombay.

  • Coach Orion : [blows whistle]  Let's go! Get over here! Take a knee. You guys are not skating like Warriors. You look like something else. You look like Ducks.

  • Coach Orion : Goldberg! When's the last time you practiced?

    Goldberg : Well, uh, we don't really practice, per se. We either play or play around. You know, have fun. You know, that thing that makes you smile and laugh. Ha, ha, ha!

    [Coach Orion glares at him] 

    Goldberg : Okay, I'll shut up.

  • Coach Orion : Hey, Charlie, we're really backed into a corner here. We hold them for two minutes, we got ourselves a tie.

    Charlie Conway : We're up to it, Coach.

    Coach Orion : I know you are, but you deserve to win. Not careless, but not too careful either. If you see your shot, take it. Make sure it counts.

    [puts a "C" on Charlie's jersey] 

    Coach Orion : Go get 'em, Captain.

  • Coach Orion : [as he introduces himself to the team]  My name is Coach Orion. You can call me ""Coach'' or "Coach Orion.''

    Charlie Conway : Well, you can call me "Charlie.''

    [the rest of the Ducks laugh] 

    Coach Orion : That must be what that "C'' on your jersey stands for, huh? It sure doesn't stand for "captain."

  • Coach Orion : [During practice when the Ducks are skating]  Work those legs, Gaffney! Where's your energy?

    Julie Gaffney : I think I'm gonna be sick.

    [leans over the boards and vomits] 

    Goldberg : [chuckles]  One cupcake over the line, Cat Lady.

  • Coach Orion : [to Charlie]  Where's the one place you never want to clear the puck?

    Charlie Conway : It looked open.

    Coach Orion : Just answer the question, Conway.

    Charlie Conway : Listen, I'm not a defenseman, I'm a scorer!

  • Coach Orion : [to the Ducks]  How long does it take to score a goal?

    [throws the puck at the bulletin board] 

    Coach Orion : Less than a second! That means no lead is safe if you can't play defense! Now get this straight. I don't give a damn how many goals you score. I want one number on your mind: zero as in shutout.

    [glares at Charlie] 

    Coach Orion : You got that?

  • Dean Buckley : [to Coach Orion]  Ted. Ted. I know you're as disappointed in that tie as we are.

    Coach Orion : Actually, I'd have preferred a loss.

    Dean Buckley : You're kidding, right, Coach?

    Coach Orion : Well, you learn a hell of a lot more from losing than from winning.

    Dean Buckley : We don't have time for learning. We need to win. They could lose their scholarships.

    Coach Orion : You're kidding, right, Dean?

  • Coach Orion : [to the Ducks]  Well, congratulations. You just forfeited whatever mental edge you might have had over the varsity. Now they know they own you. This isn't the Pee Wees. Your little Duck tricks are not gonna work at this level. Now, for the last time, stay away from the varsity. And get those Duck jerseys off now. Let's go. Now. Come on, let's go. Take them off! The Ducks are dead.

  • Coach Orion : [to Charlie]  You got two choices, Conway: take off the jersey right now or you don't play.

    Charlie Conway : You're breaking up the best thing any of us ever had.

    Coach Orion : Well, it's time to grow up.

    Charlie Conway : Grow up? Like you, huh? A washed-up pro who has to show off to a bunch of kids. Geez, that's real grown up.

  • Coach Orion : [When the Dean announces to the Ducks that the school is going to withdraw their scholarships]  You're dumping 'em, just like that?

    Dean Buckley : Coach, I'm sorry. Your team isn't performing and I've been under enormous pressure...

    Coach Orion : From whom? The alumni group? A bunch of aging pep clubbers?

    Dean Buckley : Ted, I'm trying to do you a favor. With those kids gone, you'll get to pick your own team. Let's face it, the Ducks are drowning.

    Coach Orion : I got my team. Either they stay or I go.

    Dean Buckley : We'll miss you, Ted.

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