Kenan Thompson Celebrates 30th Anniversary of “D2: The Mighty Ducks”: 'My First Acting Gig'

Kenan Thompson's 'Mighty Ducks' character Russ Tyler coined the term "knuckle puck" in Disney's family-friendly sports films

<p>Frazer Harrison/WireImage, Everett</p> Kenan Thompson; an image of the actor in 1994

Frazer Harrison/WireImage, Everett

Kenan Thompson; an image of the actor in 1994's 'D2: The Mighty Ducks'

Kenan Thompson is throwing it back to his days on the ice.

Thompson, 45, shared a series of photos and images from his 1994 movie debut in D2: The Mighty Ducks to Instagram on April 3 and reminisced on his time filming the sequel to Disney's original hit family-friendly hockey movie.

"The anniversary of D2: #MightyDucks…my first acting gig and it mayyyy or may not have been my first time skating too…😬😅😂 Let that be a lesson, folks!!! #FakeItTillYaMakeIt 🤣🤣🤣" Thompson wrote in a caption to his post.

Thompson, best known now for his longtime role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, got his start in acting as a teenager in the early '90s on Nickelodeon's All That and with the second Mighty Ducks movie.

Though Thompson did not appear in Disney's original 1992 Mighty Ducks film, he joined the movie's cast — which included Emilio Estevez, Shaun Weiss, Scott Whyte and Joshua Jackson, among others — as Russ Tyler, a player who specializes in shooting the "knuckle puck."

"Thanks for all the love through the years (and of course more stories in my book, When I Was Your Age 😜). Sending all the love back!!!🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾," he added in a caption.

Related: The Mighty Ducks Cast: Where Are They Now?

<p>Everett</p> Emilio Estevez (top left) and Kenan Thompson (third from left) in 'D2: The Mighty Ducks'


Emilio Estevez (top left) and Kenan Thompson (third from left) in 'D2: The Mighty Ducks'

Thompson's Mighty Ducks costar Whyte, who played an opposing team's player in the movie, commented on his post, writing, "Yer a legend… we all knew it back when! Love you dude!"

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Disney's three Mighty Ducks movies, released in the '90s, follow Gordon Bombay (Estevez), a former youth hockey player and Minnesota attorney. In the original 1992 film, he is tasked with coaching a youth hockey team to serve a community service sentence.

The following two sequels center around Bombay and the kids on the team he takes on, who become known as the Mighty Ducks: in D2, the team reunites to represent the United States at an international youth sports tournament in Los Angeles.

Thompson went on to appear in the third and final Mighty Ducks movie Disney released in the '90s, which followed the team's players as they attend a new high school and compete with its successful varsity hockey team.

Related: 'All That' Alum Kenan Thompson Says 'Quiet on Set' Is 'Tough to Watch' and Urges Nickelodeon to 'Investigate More'

<p>Everett</p> Kenan Thompson in 'D2: The Mighty Ducks'


Kenan Thompson in 'D2: The Mighty Ducks'

Thompson credited his time making the Mighty Ducks movies with sparking his own interest in hockey during a 2022 interview with ESPN. Disney even founded the NHL's Anaheim Ducks in the 1990s after making the first Mighty Ducks film.

"It's always been super-duper love. Hockey fans can get a little rowdy after the game and stuff, but they just want to shout out The Mighty Ducks and tell me how much they meant to them, how it kept them motivated on their hockey paths," Thompson told the outlet at the time. "It's always been a lot of love."

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