#3 Mike Gartner
Mike Gartner is one of the lucky few Washington Capitals that have his number retired. It is also the last time a number has been retired to the rafters. That took place on Dec. 28, 2008.
Gartner spent the first 10 seasons of his 19 year NHL career with the Capitals after the Caps selected him in the first round at fourth overall in the 1979 NHL Draft. He led the team in goals five times and in points four times, scoring at least 35 or more goals in his first nine years in D.C.
When Gartner was traded 56 goes into his 10th season in 1988-89 he had 26 goals. He left the Caps as its all time leader in games played, goals, assists, points, power play goals, and game winning goals.
Gartner was a member of the first six Capitals playoff teams and led four of those squads in playoff scoring. In 47 playoff games, Gartner recorded 43 points with 16 goals and 27 assists. At time of his trade, he led the club in playoff scoring.
Gartner played in a total of 1,432 games with five teams in his career. He recorded 708 goals including 397 goals over the span of 10 years with the Caps. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.