Mike Gartner’s 13th 30 goal season

On February 9, 1992, Mike Gartner became the third player in the National Hockey League to score his 30th goal for the 13th straight season.

Gartner’s New York Rangers ended the home game with a 5-5 tie with the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Detroit goalie, Tim Cheveldae had 27 saves and Rangers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck had 38 saves.

By the end of his career Gartner scored 708 goals. The Ottowa, Ontario, Canada native started when the Washington Capitols chose him in the first round of the 1979 draft. He went on to play for the Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes. He retired following the 1997-98 at age 38. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 for an outstanding performance spanning 20 seasons.

Gartner lead teams to the playoffs in 15 different seasons but unlike many great players he was never given the opportunity to hoist the cup for himself.

The two hockey players to score 30 goals in 13 consecutive seasons before Gartner were Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito.

Gartner’s post hockey life included working for hockey camps to help kids get into the sport. He was also part of the National Hockey League Players’ Association Negotiating Committee and players during labor disputes in the 90s. Between charity work, protecting the players and coaching children he has displayed dedication to preserving the sport professionally as well as encouraging and inspiring children to carry the sport into the future.

Related links: http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p200102&page=bio&list=  (Hockey legends biography)

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