Michael Alfred Gartner (October 29, 1959-) had a “God-given ability to skate” and was consistently one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, a skill that helped him become the fifth player in NHL history to top the 700-goal mark. After Gartner starred in the OMJHL, OHA, and WHA with the Cincinnati Stingers, the Washington Capitals selected Mike fourth overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He finished the 1979 season with the Stingers with 27 goals and 25 assists in 78 games, finishing second to Wayne Gretzky of the Indianapolis Racers for the WHA Rookie of the Year honors. Seemingly playing in the shadows, Mike put together one of the most consistent careers the NHL has ever seen, scoring 30 or more goals in 17 of his 19 seasons, including 15 consecutive (1979-1994). His incredible speed, soft touch and scoring ability made him a coveted sniper come trade time as Garts played for the Capitals (19-1989), the Minnesota North Stars (1989-1990), the New York Rangers (1990-1994), the Toronto Maple Leafs (1994-1996) and the Phoenix Coyotes (1996-1998). In 1991-92, Mike became the first paler to score his 500th goal, 500th assist, and his 1000th point in the same season. A stalwart at All-Star Games, playing in seven, Gartner achieved league-wide notoriety as the games “Fastest Skater” in the NHL Skills Competition each year he entered, including the 1996 weekend at the age of 36. Though he achieved reasonable success in the playoffs, Gartner never captured a Stanley Cup crown, nor did he play for one in his career. Mike Gartner finished his career with 708 goals and 627 assists for 1,335 total points in 1,432 games. Mike remains fifth in NHL history with 708 goals behind fellow Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne and Phil Esposito. Mike Gartner was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.