Capitals Announce Plans for Mike Gartner's Jersey Retirement Dec. 28
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will retire Mike Gartner’s No. 11 jersey at a pregame ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 28, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. 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. Yvon Labre’s No. 7 was retired on Nov. 7, 1981, Rod Langway’s No. 5 was retired on Nov. 26, 1997, and Dale Hunter’s No. 32 was retired on March 11, 2000.
Every fan in attendance will receive a commemorative Mike Gartner jersey pin, sponsored by Comcast SportsNet, upon entrance into the game, along with a special No. 11 signs to pay tribute to Gartner. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats early for the ceremony, which will start promptly at 7 p.m. The ceremony and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet and will be available in high definition.
Former Washington Capitals Greg Adams, Bob Carpenter, Bob Gould, Alan Hangsleben, Wes Jarvis, Labre, Langway, Craig Laughlin, Dennis Maruk, Paul Mulvey, Larry Murphy, Errol Rausse, Gary Rissling and Scott Stevens as well as former broadcaster Ron Weber will be in attendance to help share in this special night. Some of Gartner’s former teammates will be around the concourse before the game meeting fans and signing autographs and they will be introduced during the first intermission.
The ceremony will start with a video of Gartner’s playing highlights followed by Jarvis’s speech introducing Gartner. Jarvis and Gartner played together from 1979-82 and have remained friends and business partners. After Gartner’s remarks, Capitals president Dick Patrick will present Gartner with gifts from the organization and the jersey will be raised to the rafters.
Prior to the ceremony, the current Capitals will wear special white retro jerseys during pregame warmups. Each jersey will have No. 11 on them along with the current player’s name. The jerseys will be autographed by Gartner and each player and will be available at a silent auction during the game with a portion of the proceeds going to World Vision. World Vision, Gartner’s charity of choice, is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
The Caps will wear white jerseys during the game – as Gartner’s Capitals teams did at the Cap Centre – while Toronto will wear dark jerseys.
WashingtonCaps.com will feature tributes and other Gartner-related content in the week leading up to the Dec. 28 game. Fans are encouraged to send congratulatory messages to Mike at WashingtonCaps.com/mikegartner recalling their favorite memories, which will be displayed on WashingtonCaps.com during the week.
The Capitals have partnered with Frameworth Sports Marketing to create three unique collectible pieces celebrating the special night, some of which will feature autographed items. Information on ordering these collectibles will be emailed to Capitals fans and posted on WashingtonCaps.com.
Additional merchandise – including Gartner T-shirts, souvenir Gartner pucks, commemorative game pucks designed for the Dec. 28 game and a No. 11 patch – will be available at Verizon Center and at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex pro shop.
A limited number of tickets to the Dec. 28 game remain. To purchase tickets, visit WashingtonCaps.com or call 202-397-SEAT.