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Mike Gartner

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One of hockey’s fastest ever skaters, Mike Gartner (HHOF ’01) developed his hockey skills immensely before he hit 18. Ready to turn pro but underage for the NHL, he signed a four-year contract for the WHA’s Cincinnati Stingers. Scoring 52 points, he finished as a runner-up to Wayne Gretzky for Rookie of the Year. The next year, the WHA merged with the NHL and the Washington Capitals picked Gartner. Over the next eight years, he achieved numerous team records prior to his trade to the Minnesota North Stars. That stay lasted only until the next season when the Stars traded him to the New York Rangers. His next stop was Toronto and then Phoenix in 1996. Gartner possesses the NHL record for most 30-goal seasons (17), most consecutive 30-goal seasons (15), is 6th for goals all-time (708) and 15th for career games (1432). While active, he served time as the NHLPA’s president and currently works with the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams Foundation.