This summer, with the Anaheim Ducks atop the world of hockey, the Stanley Cup made its rounds of Newport-Mesa. The trophy, which traditionally gets passed to each player on the championship team, logged appearances at Muldoon’s, Fashion Island and the Orange County Performing Artscenter.
That last location was an especially fitting one.
Newport Beach businessman Henry Samueli and his wife, Susan, who recently had a theater named after them at the Artscenter, are the owners of the Ducks and helped guide them to their first title.
It was another banner year for one of Newport-Mesa’s premiere power couples. In 2005, the Samuelis purchased the Ducks from the Walt Disney Co. In 2006, the Artscenter opened the 500-seat Samueli Theater as part of a massive renovation, honoring the Samuelis for their longtime support of the arts.