Washington Capitals
Michael Gartner
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POSITION: Right Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 190
BIRTHDATE: 10/29/1959
BIRTHPLACE: Ottawa, ON, CAN
DRAFTED: WSH: 1979-4 overall
OMJHL Rookie of the Year (1977) OMJHL First All-Star Team (1978) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1996) Signed as a underage free agent by Birmingham (WHA), May, 1978. Traded to Minnesota by Washington with Larry Murphy for Dino Ciccarelli and Bob Rouse, March 7, 1989. Traded to NY Rangers by Minnesota for Ulf Dahlen, Los Angeles' 4th round choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Cal McGowan) in 1990 Entry Draft, March 6, 1990. Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers for Glenn Anderson, the rights to Scott Malone and Toronto's 4th round choice (Alexander Korobolin) in 1994 Entry Draft, March 21, 1994. Traded to Phoenix by Toronto for Chicago's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Toronto selected Vladimir Antipov) in 1996 Entry Draft, June 22, 1996.
Mike Gartner, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who ranks second in Capitals history in goals (397), assists (392) and points (789), will become the fourth player in Capitals history to have his number retired. Gartner spent the first 10 seasons of his 19-year NHL career with the Capitals after Washington selected him in the first round, fourth overall, in the 1979 NHL Draft. He led the team in goals five times and in points four times, scoring at least 35 goals in each of his first nine years in Washington (he had 26 goals when he was traded 56 games into 1988-89, his 10th season). He left the team as its all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, points, power-play goals and game-winning goals.

The Ottawa native is one of only three players in Capitals history with a 100-point season (joining Dennis Maruk and Alex Ovechkin), having recorded 102 points in 1984-85. He holds the Capitals record for most consecutive games with a point (17, twice) and consecutive games with a goal (9) and shares the club record for most shorthanded goals in a season (6). Gartner was a member of the first six Capitals playoff teams, leading four of those teams in playoff scoring. He recorded 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in 47 playoff games for the club and at the time of his trade was Washington’s all-time leading playoff scorer.

Gartner played 1,432 career games with five teams in his career, recording 708 goals (sixth in NHL history) and 627 assists for 1,335 points. Inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, Gartner holds the NHL record for the most 30-goal seasons (17) and shares the record for most consecutive 30-goal seasons (15). He played in seven NHL All-Star Games and three times won the NHL’s fastest skater competition at the NHL All-Star Game.

Gartner was an active member of the community during his time in Washington, D.C., and a particularly generous contributor to the Children’s National Medical Center.