Mike Gartner’s 30 goal milestone

On February 9, 1992, New York Ranger’s legend, Mike Gartner joined the ranks of Bobby Hulland Phil Esposito when he scored his 30th goal in 13 consecutive seasons.

The Rangers ended the home game with a 5-5 tie with the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit goalie, Tim Cheveldae had 27 saves and Rangers netminder John Vanbiesbrouck stopped the puck 38 times.

By the end of his career, Gartner scored 708 goals. The Ottowa, Ontario, Canada native was chosen by the Washington Capitols in first round of the 1979 draft. He also played for the Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes.

Gartner retired at age 38 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with the class of 2001.

Gartner lead teams to the playoffs in 15 times, but was never given the opportunity to hoist the cup.

Gartner’s post hockey life included working for hockey camps for kids. He was also part of the National Hockey League Players’ Association Negotiating Committee during labor disputes in the 90s. Between charity work, protecting the players and coaching children he has displayed dedication to preserving the sport for the next generation.

Related links: Legends of Hockey Biography

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