The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Sets Season 2 Premiere Date on Disney+

We now know when The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers will return with its second season. On Wednesday, it was announced that season 2 would start streaming on Disney+ on Sept. 28, 2022. Also released was the official key art providing a sneak peek at the returning cast members along with new series star Josh Duhamel, who joined the show after the exit of Emilio Estevez.

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers serves as a continuation of the Mighty Ducks movie series from the 1990s. Developed for Disney+ by Steve Brill, Josh Goldsmith, and Cathy Yuspa, the first season brought back Emilio Estevez to reprise his role from the films as Coach Gordon Bombay. He returns to coaching with a new team of youth hockey players with the main cast also including Brady Noon as one of the players and Lauren Graham as his mother. Also starring in the series are Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Julee Cerda, Luke Islam, Bella Higginbotham, Taegen Burns, Kiefer O’Reilly, and De’Jon Watts.

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Stars from the original series besides Estevez had also appeared in the show, reprising their roles as original Ducks. This includes Matt Doherty, Elden Henson, Garette Henson, Vincent A. LaRusso, Marguerite Moreau, and Justin Wong. Other stars from the original films like Kenan Thompson, Joshua Jackson, and Shaun Weiss could potentially appear in season 2, but no special cameos are confirmed at this time.

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When season 2 was first announced, the plan was for Emilio Estevez to return as Gordon Bombay. There were reports that he had left the series over the production’s COVID-19 protocols, but the actor would later claim that a contract dispute was one real reason why he departed the show. Estevez also said that there had been creative differences that contributed to his decision to exit.

“I am not anti-vaxx. Full stop,” Estevez said in a statement. “I take this pandemic very seriously, and I am often teased about my continued following of the safety protocols and my abundance of caution. I want to address what transpired and clear up some falsehoods which appeared in an article regarding my decision to depart The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. In the final analysis, this was nothing more than a good old-fashioned contract dispute and not, as some would believe an anti-vaccine position.”

He added, “My exit from the show was due to a myriad of creative differences – any other narrative is false. To the fans of the franchise – I am as disappointed as you are. To my Ducks cast and crew – have a wonderful season 2 on the show and please know that I will miss you all. It was an honor and a thrill to be able to return as the iconic and beloved character, Gordon Bombay, a character which has been a celebrated benchmark in my 40-year career.”

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers will start streaming on Disney+ on Sept. 28, 2022.