Mike Gartner

After retirement from the NHL, Gartner served as Chairman of the Goals & Dreams program with the NHLPA until March 19, 2007. Gartner and his former teammate, Wes Jarvis, are business partners and own three skating rinks in the Toronto area. He is very involved with youth hockey, coaching his son, Dylan. He also coaches at National Training Rinks in Newmarket, Ontario.

Known for his impressive speed and hard accurate shot, Mike Gartner began his nineteen season NHL career when he was chosen in the 1st round, 4th overall, by the  Washington Capitals in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. After recording an assist in his NHL debut, he went on to lead his team in both points and goals his rookie season. Over the next eight years, Gartner consistently scored more than 35 goals, and reached the 50-goal mark during the 1984-85 season. He led this team in scoring on four occasions, and had tied or set twelve records in Washington by the time he was traded to Minnesota in 1989.

After two short half-seasons with the North Stars, Gartner was traded to the New York Rangers in March 1990. Over the next three seasons, he continued to put up impressive numbers with goal totals of 49, 40 and 45. By this point, he had recorded 30-or-more goals in 14 consecutive seasons, a new NHL record. During his time in New York, Gartner became the 16th player to reach the 500-goal mark, 6th to reach 600 goals and 33rd player to achieve 1,000 points.

In 1994, Gartner was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he continued his 30+ goal streak with 34.

During the 1996 off-season, Gartner was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes where he finished his career two seasons later. In 1997-98, he became just the fifth player to reach the 700-goal mark.

Often considered the most consistent and unnoticed scorer the game has ever seen, Gartner holds the NHL record for most 30-or-more goal seasons in a career with 17. He finished second all-time in goals for a right-winger and 5th overall at 708, 5th all-time in assists by a right-winger at 627, 4th all-time in points by a right-winger at 1,335 and 7th on the all-time games played list at 1,335.