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Capitals to retire Gartner's No. 11

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TSN.ca Staff
9/2/2008 9:32:37 AM
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The Washington Capitals will retire Mike Gartner's No. 11 jersey before the team's December 28th game against Toronto.

"Capitals fans have fond memories of Mike Gartner flying down the right wing and scoring goals at the Capital Centre," said Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis in a statement.

"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."

A first-round pick by the Capitals in 1979, Gartner spent ten years in Washington before leaving as the franchise leader in games played, goals, assists, points, power-play goals and game-winning goals.

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Washington Capitals and to join the distinguished company of my fellow teammates Ivan Labre (No. 7), Rod Langway (No. 5) and Dale Hunter (No. 32)," 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, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, 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.

Mike Gartner (Photo: Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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