The Washington Capitals will be putting number 11 out of commission. No, not for Jeff Halpern. The Caps are going to raise 11 to the roof in honor of Mike Gartner. The honor will happen on December 28th when the Caps play Toronto. According to the Caps' 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 Ivan 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.”
Sounds like fun.