Category Archives: Mike Gartner

Reason to Arise Early in Pittsburgh on New Years Eve

Some details have emerged about a Capitals-Penguins alumni game associated with this season’s Winter Classic at Heinz Field. First, the game will be played at 9:30 a.m. New Years Eve, on an auxiliary rink set up near the football stadium. … Continue reading

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Resurrecting a Lost Capitals Classic

In light of the just-announced 2011 Winter Classic, will we finally see the return of the Capitals’ classic sweaters to face off against the Penguins’ baby-blue classics?
Let’s bring the stars back when the superstars meet at Heinz Field. Continue reading

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Interview With Mike Gartner

Rob Kowal from NY Hockey Talk recently chatted with Mike Gartner about his days in the league. The interview was obviously slanted towards Gartner’s time with the Rangers, but he did talk about the Caps-Rangers series when the Rangers lost the first round of the ’91 playoffs against his former team. He also shared an interesting story about his limo ride to the Cap Centre after he was drafted. Continue reading


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Images from Retirement

Here are some images — still and moving — from Mike Gartner’s number retirement. Continue reading

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A Hall of Famer Confers Greatness on a Rebuild

For Mike Gartner’s night of honor the Verizon Center filled early and filled conspicuously red. The Hall of Famer who wore no. 11 for 10 seasons here stood at center ice near 7:00 last night and informed the hometown fans that the team competing before them today was as strong as any Caps’ team “in decades.” Mike Gartner, he who skated during the ‘Save the Caps’ campaign of dark yesteryear, came back home to Washington last night and delivered a very important message: this was a very different organization from the one he grew up in. Continue reading

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Mike Gartner Number Retirement and Caps / Leafs Game Open Thread

Mike Gartner Number Retirement and Caps / Leafs Game Open Thread Continue reading

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Garts Comes Home

On about a dozen occasions the past couple of years I’ve been able to listen in on conference calls arranged by the Caps with prominent members of the hockey community. Generally there are a couple of bloggers participating in the calls, and at least a half dozen members of the traditional media. I enjoy listening to all of the questions asked, and their answers. The press, it seems to me, makes a fairly limited range of inquiries of any given hockey figure, whereas the bloggers seem to bring a special spirit of inquiry to the exercise, one that’s expansive and creative and a bit outside to proverbial box. Continue reading

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Making Right in the Rafters on the Right Wing

Something felt very very right about the Capitals retiring Dale Hunter’s number back in March 2000, and my¬†hunch is that a similar sense of appropriateness will accompany the retiring of Mike Gartner’s no. 11 this December. The Caps announced yesterday … Continue reading

Posted in Former Coaches & Players, Mike Gartner, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL Trades, Peter Bondra, Washington Capitals | 11 Comments