The Southeast Division Champion banner will not be the only Washington Capitals branded item to be raised to the rafters this hockey season.¬† The Capitals announced today that Mike Gartner’s number 11 will be retired during a pregame ceremony before the game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, December 28th.¬† Gartner currently ranks second in goals (397), assists (392) and points (789) and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
From the Capitals press release:
“Capitals fans have fond memories of Mike Gartner flying down the right wing and scoring goals at the Capital Centre,” said Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis. “This is a fitting tribute to one of the elite offensive players in the history of the game who was a crucial member of the first Capitals playoff teams.”
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Washington Capitals and to join the distinguished company of my fellow teammates Yvon Labre, Rod Langway and Dale Hunter,” Gartner said. “I look forward to the upcoming evening in December and sharing those fond memories with my family and those fans in attendance.”
Single game tickets for the game will be on sale later in September.¬† There will also be a commemorative Mike Gartner giveaway.
This will be the fourth number retired by the Capitals — Yvon Labre #7, Rod Langway #5, and Dale Hunter #32 are the others.