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Mike Gartner, RW

Position: Right Wing
HT/WT: 6'0", 187 lbs
Shoots: Right
Nickname(s): "Garts"
Born: October 29th, 1959 in Ottawa, ON

- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
- 7-time top-10 in All-Star RW Voting (4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
- Ranked 89th on THN's Top 100 Players of All-Time in 1997.
- Played in 7 NHL All-Star Games (1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1996)
- scored 708 goals and 627 assists for 1335 points in 1432 games, adding 1155 penalty minutes.
- scored 43 goals and 50 assists for 93 points in 122 playoff games, adding 155 penalty minutes.

Contrary to popular belief, Mike Gartner wasn't soft. He had 27 fighting majors, and he went up against the toughest customers in his career. The list includes Bobby Clarke, Tiger Williams, Rob Ray and Chris Nilan. He also received Selke votes in two separate years, suggesting he may have at least some defensive value.

Top 10 Finishes:
Goals - 5x - (5, 9, 9, 9, 10)
Points - 1x - (10)
Powerplay Goals - 4x - (2, 2, 3, 7)
Shorthanded Goals - 3x - (2, 2, 5)

Voting Record:

Selke Voting

26th (87-88), 30th (79-80)

Coaching Survey conducted from the early 70's to mid 80's:


Best skater 4th 1984
Fastest skater 2nd 1984

Originally Posted by Toronto Star Coaches’ Poll, February 13, 1993
Best Skater: Pavel Bure (8), Mike Gartner (4), Paul Coffey (3), Sergei Fedorov (2), Teemu Selanne (2), Pat Lafontaine (1), Chris Chelios (1)
Originally Posted by Toronto Star Coaches’ Poll, January 22, 1994
Best Penalty Killer: Sergei Fedorov (5), Doug Gilmour (4), Guy Carbonneau (4), Adam Graves (2), Mike Ridley (1), Neal Broten (1), Mike Gartner (1), Mark Messier (1), Gaetan Duchesne (1)
Hardest Working Player: Doug Gilmour (6), Adam Graves (3), Jeremy Roenick (3), Kirk Muller (2), Gary Roberts (2), Ray Ferraro (1), Sergei Fedorov (1), Craig MacTavish (1), Mike Gartner (1)
Best Shot: Brett Hull (6), Al MacInnis (4), Mike Modano (2), Mike Gartner (1), Ray Bourque (1), Jimmy Carson (1), Alexander Mogilny (1), Eric Lindros (1), Joey Mullen (1), Cam Neely (1), Sergei Fedorov (1)
Best Skater: Sergei Fedorov (8), Teemu Selanne (3), Paul Coffey (2), Mike Modano (2), Mike Gartner (2), Pavel Bure (1), Alexander Mogilny (1), Jeremy Roenick (1)

Originally Posted by Mike Gartner
I have a God-given ability to skate. I haven't really worked on my legs at all during my career.
Legends of Hockey

Always one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, Michael Alfred Gartner used his blazing speed and a hard, accurate shot to become one of the most consistent scorer's in league history, most of his 19 seasons of which were spent outside hockey's limelight.
Playing two more seasons for the Maple Leafs, Gartner was named as a Commissioner's Selection to the 1996 All-Star Game team. This marked his seventh and final appearance, which included an MVP performance of four goals and an assist in 1993. It was during the annual Skill's Competition, however, that he excelled. Gartner captured the "Fastest Skater Competition" each of the three years he entered, including 1996, at age 36. During the 1985-86 season, Gartner once said, "I have a God-given ability to skate. I haven't really worked on my legs at all during my career." He continued to prove his ability until his retirement in 1998.
Greatest Hockey Legends

When you think of great goal scorers, one often forgets the name Mike Gartner. But year after year after year Gartner has racked up an overwhelming amount of goals that places him near the top.

Very quietly, Mike Gartner scored 708 career goals. Only Phil Esposito (717), Marcel Dionne (731), Brett Hull (741), Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (862 and counting) have scored more often. Mike Gartner scored more career goals than the much flashier and much more celebrated Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur and Mike Bossy.
Over 19 seasons Gartner showed great consistency while playing for the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and lastly the Phoenix Coyotes
In addition, he played in the right wing shadows of the likes of Guy Lafleur, Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri, Brett Hull and Jaromir Jagr. Gartner never made a NHL all star team, and never was in contention for any NHL post season award. Unlike his great peers, he never won a Stanley Cup.

Mike Gartner will always be remembered for his exceptional speed. His technical form was flawless and powerful. He had a great stride with really deep knee bends. His legs pumped like pistons, making him one of the fastest skaters of his time. A concerted defensive player, Gartner teamed really well with Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson in the Canada Cup, and because he had the speed to keep up with Soviet superstars Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov.

More often than not Gartner used his speed to create offense. There have been a lot of incredibly fast skaters in the NHL, but very few who could handle the puck and make plays in top gear like Gartner could. He had a nice play where he'd bounce the puck off the nearby boards and then speed around a flatfooted defenseman, as if he was passing to himself. But more often than not he would try driving to the net to unleash a deadly accurate wrist shot or an absolute cannon of a slap shot. If he couldn't get around the defenseman, Gartner would typically zip around the net and try a wrap around attempt.
Gartner wasn't much of a playmaker, though he did score 627 career assists. He wasn't an overly physical player, but he was definitely not afraid to play in traffic and drive to the net. He was exceptional at protecting the puck from the opposition even at such high speeds. Not a body cruncher, Gartner would finish his checks usually by rubbing players out along the wall.

Mike Gartner was a really good player on some pretty average teams. Because of his ageless legs and a cannon of a shot, he was always looked to as a go to guy on these teams. He was as consistent as consistent could be, but he was never dominant for any length of time. Largely because of his career totals a high scoring era where players played longer than ever before, Gartner was included in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Hockey Almanac: 1993-94

A bona-fide goal-scorer, Gartner moves around the ice like a hungry shark with the scent. He is very solid on his skates and very tough-although his placid nature keeps him from retaliating against the cheap shots he absorbs. His slap shot is among the best in the game. Gartner also takes pride in- and earns tremendous respect for- his defensive play.

Mike Gartner has been the consummate competitor, fighting for every inch of ice, battling for every loose puck, and always giving his total effort for the benefit of the team.

WILL...........light the lamp
CAN' outskated
EXPECT............a winning attitude
DON'T off night

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