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Capitals to Retire Mike Gartner's No. 11 on Dec. 28

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will retire Mike Gartner’s No. 11 jersey at a pregame ceremony before the team’s game against Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 28. 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.


“Capitals fans have fond memories of Mike Gartner flying down the right wing and scoring goals at the Capital Centre,” said Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis. “This is a fitting tribute to one of the elite offensive players in the history of the game who was a crucial member of the first Capitals playoff teams.”

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Washington Capitals and to join the distinguished company of my fellow teammates Yvon Labre, Rod Langway and Dale Hunter,” Gartner said. “I look forward to the upcoming evening in December and sharing those fond memories with my family and those fans in attendance.”

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.

Gartner’s No. 11 will join Rod Langway’s No. 5, Yvon Labre’s No. 7 and Dale Hunter’s No. 32 in the rafters at Verizon Center. Hunter was the most recent Capital to have him number retired, March 11, 2000.

Tickets for the Dec. 28 game will go on sale this month (details to come). All fans in attendance that night will receive a commemorative Mike Gartner giveaway.

Mike Gartner
Right Wing
Ht.: 6’0”        Wt.: 190        Shoots: Right
Born: October 29, 1959 (Ottawa, Ontario)
Drafted: Washington’s first-round choice, fourth overall, in the 1979 NHL Draft

Career Statistics
      Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
+/-
PP
SH
GW
S
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM

1975-76 St. Catharines OMJHL
3
1
3
4
0
-
-
-
-
-
4
1
0
1
2
1976-77 Niagara Falls OMJHL
62
33
42
75
125
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1977-78 Niagara Falls OMJHL
64
41
49
90
56
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
  Canada WJC
6
3
3
6
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1978-79 Cincinnati WHA
78
27
25
52
123
-
-
-
-
-
3
0
2
2
2
1979-80 CAPITALS NHL
77
36
32
59
66
15
4
0
3
228
-
-
-
-
-
1980-81 CAPITALS NHL
80
48
46
94
100
-5
13
0
3
326
-
-
-
-
-
  Canada WC
8
4
0
4
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1981-82 CAPITALS NHL
80
35
45
80
121
-11
5
2
5
300
-
-
-
-
-
  Canada WC
10
3
2
5
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1982-83 CAPITALS NHL
73
38
38
76
54
-2
10
1
3
269
4
0
0
0
4
  Canada WC
10
4
1
5
12
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1983-84 CAPITALS NHL
80
40
45
85
90
22
8
0
7
286
8
3
7
10
16
1984-85 Canada Can-Cup
8
3
2
5
10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
  CAPITALS NHL
80
50
52
102
71
17
17
0
11
330
5
4
3
7
9
1985-86 CAPITALS NHL
74
35
40
75
63
-5
11
2
4
279
9
2
10
12
4
1986-87 CAPITALS NHL
78
41
32
73
61
1
5
6
10
317
7
4
3
7
14
1987-88 Canada Can-Cup
9
2
2
4
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
  CAPITALS NHL
80
48
33
81
73
20
19
0
7
316
14
3
4
7
14
1988-89 CAPITALS NHL
56
26
29
55
71
8
6
0
1
190
-
-
-
-
-
  Minnesota NHL
13
7
7
14
2
3
3
0
0
33
5
0
0
0
6
1989-90 Minnesota NHL
67
34
36
70
32
-8
15
4
2
240
-
-
-
-
-
  NY Rangers NHL
12
11
5
16
6
4
6
0
3
48
10
5
3
8
12
1990-91 NY Rangers NHL
79
49
20
69
53
-9
22
1
4
262
6
1
1
2
0
1991-92 NY Rangers NHL
76
40
41
81
55
11
15
0
6
286
13
8
8
16
4
1992-93 NY Rangers NHL
84
45
23
68
59
-4
13
0
3
323
-
-
-
-
-
  Canada WC
7
3
4
7
12
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1993-94 NY Rangers NHL
71
28
24
52
58
11
10
5
4
245
-
-
-
-
-
  Toronto NHL
10
6
6
12
4
9
1
0
0
30
18
5
6
11
14
1994-95 Toronto NHL
38
12
8
20
6
E
2
1
1
91
5
2
2
4
2
1995-96 Toronto NHL
82
35
19
54
52
5
15
0
4
275
6
4
1
5
4
1996-97 Phoenix NHL
82
32
31
63
38
-11
13
1
7
271
7
1
2
3
4
1997-98 Phoenix NHL
60
12
15
27
24
-4
4
0
2
145
5
1
0
1
18

CAPITALS TOTALS
758
397
392
789
770
60
98
11
54
2841
47
16
27
43
61
NHL TOTALS
1432
708
627
1335
1159
67
217
23
90
5090
122
43
50
93
125
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