Mike Gartner established a brilliant Hall of Fame career in the National Hockey League by possessing a deft goal-scoring touch around the net and breakaway speed down the wing.
Gartner joined the Leafs in a trade deadline deal on March 21, 1994 that saw Glenn Anderson go to the Rangers. His trade paid immediate dividends when he chipped in a team-high three game-winning goals that post season. Gartner recorded two overtime playoff goals at Maple Leaf Gardens (May 12/94, April 25/96) that staved off elimination at the time for the Leafs during his tenure.
In his lone full season in Toronto in 1995-96, Gartner played in the NHL All-Star Game on his way to team-highs in goals (35) and powerplay goals (15).
Gartner's professional career spanned one season in the World Hockey Association with Cincinnati and 1,432 career regular season games with Washington, Minnesota, New York, Toronto and Phoenix. He scored 708 career goals in the NHL which places him seventh all-time. The only right-wingers to score more career goals all-time are Gordie Howe, Brett Hull and Jaromir Jagr. He reached at least 30 goals in 17 of his 19 NHL seasons which is the league's highest mark all-time. On his way to accomplishing the feat, he reached the mark over an NHL record 15 consecutive seasons from 1979 to 1994.
Originally drafted fourth overall by Washington in the 1979 NHL Draft, Gartner was a two-time winner of the NHL's Fastest Skater competition at All-Star Weekend.