There's no harder trophy to win in the National Hockey League (NHL) than the Hart Trophy, which is given annually to the league's most valuable player. While some might say the Stanley Cup is the toughest trophy to win in the sport, try telling that to players like Ron Hainsey, Uwe Krupp, and Michael Rozsival, who all have Stanley Cup rings but were never once even in the running for Hart Trophy. It takes a special type of season to win the Hart, especially considering there are now over 700 players in the league. Even before extensive expansion, players like Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Maurice Richard dominated so much that it left little chance for players during those eras to win the award.
The trophy was first donated to the league in 1923 by David Hart, the father of Cecil Hart, who coached the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL's early years. While the name might be a little outdated, especially considering Hart isn't synonymous with on-ice greatness, it has become such an important part of the league's history that it would seem ridiculous to change its name at this point in history. Frank Nighbor won the first ever Hart Trophy; can you correctly identify the players who have had this honor bestowed upon them?
A native of Buffalo, New York, Patrick Kane has had his troubles off the ice, but on it he has been one of the league's most dynamic players for the better part of a decade. Drafted first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he has spent his entire 10-year career with the team and recorded 752 points in 740 games. Since the 2012 lockout-shortened season, he has recorded over a point-per-game in every season, including a 106-point campaign in 2015-16. The three-time Stanley Cup champion won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2013.
Carey Price was recently awarded the biggest contract ever handed to a goaltender - $10.5 million over eight years - and with good reason. The Anahim Lake, British Columbia native is regarded as one of the best goaltenders in the league and has the hardware to back it up. He won the Vezina Trophy in 2014-15 after posting a 44-16-6 record to go along with a .933 save percentage and a 1.96 goals against average. Throughout his career, Price boasts a record of 270-175-55 as well as a save percentage of .920 and goals against average of 2.40.
Although he began his career with the Quebec Nordiques and ended it with the Vancouver Canucks, Mats Sundin will forever be known as a Toronto Maple Leaf. The big Swedish center spent 13 seasons with Toronto and led the team in scoring in 12 of those years. He was awarded the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award in 2007-08 following his final year with the Maple Leafs and recently had his number retired by the organization. Sundin finished his career with 1,349 points in 1,346 games and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
From one Maple Leafs legend to a current Maple Leafs executive, Brendan Shanahan shares plenty in common with Mats Sundin. He recorded over 1,354 points in his career and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Drafted second overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1987 NHL Draft, Shanahan didn't have an outstanding rookie season, but he quickly developed into a dominant, powerful left winger. He recorded a career-high 102 points and 211 penalty minutes during the 1993-94 season as a member of the St. Louis Blues.
Like his buddy Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews has spent his entire 10-year career in Chicago and has been part of three Stanley Cup-winning teams. A renowned leader, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native has also won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award and earned a Conn Smythe Trophy following the 2010 playoffs, when he recorded 29 points in 22 games. He has scored at least 20 goals in every season since entering the league and has 622 points in 717 career games.
For as long as the Montreal Canadiens exist, no player will have the reputation that Maurice "The Rocket" Richard had during the 1940s and 50s. The Hockey Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players of all-time was a unique blend of goal-scoring ability and physicality who was feared equally by goaltenders and opposition players. His propensity for goal scoring led the NHL to name its top goal scorer trophy after him. Richard recorded a career-high 74 points during the 1954-55 season and finished his career with 965 points in 978 games, which is even more impressive given the low-scoring era in which he played.
"Mr. Hockey" Gordie Howe played a similar game to Maurice Richard and is arguably one of the most dominant players of all-time, not just based on offensive ability, but physicality. He won six Art Ross Trophies as the league's top point producer, which is no surprise given he played 32 years of professional hockey, including 26 in the NHL. In fact, Howe debuted in the league during the 1946-47 season and retired following the 1979-80 season, during which time he played alongside his two sons, Mark and Marty.
There's no arguing that Bobby Orr was the greatest defenseman of all-time, but Nicklas Lidstrom might be the best defenseman to play in the NHL since he entered the league in 1991 as a rookie with the Detroit Red Wings. The native of Sweden had just an impressive Hall of Fame career that it's hard to believe he was selected in the third round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He retired following the 2011-12 season with 1,142 points in 1,564 regular season games and seven James Norris Trophies as the league's best defenseman.
Long before he was an executive with the Philadelphia Flyers, Bobby Clarke was leading the charge with for the team on the ice during the Broad Street Bullies era. The native of Flin Flon, Manitoba was picked 17th in the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft and recorded 1,210 points in 1,144 career regular season games before retiring in 1984. In addition to his offensive prowess, he as an adept defensive-minded forward as evidenced by receiving the Frank J. Selke Trophy in his second-to-last season in the league.
The first overall pick in the 1984 NHL Draft, Montreal's Mario Lemieux lived up to the massive hype that surrounded him as a high-scoring junior with Laval Voisins of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He won the Calder Trophy as the league's best rookie in 1984-85 and won six Art Ross Trophies as the league's top scorer throughout his career. He recorded a career-high 199 points during the 1988-89 season and, despite playing only 915 games in the league (he missed three years due to cancer treatment), he finished his career with a remarkable 1,723 points.
Patrick Marleau might have never won a Stanley Cup in his distinguished career, but the soon-to-be 38-year-old has been a prolific regular season scorer throughout his career. The longtime San Jose Shark recently signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in hopes of pursuing his first Stanley Cup ring and, despite being labeled an under performer in the playoffs, he has 120 points in 177 career postseason games. In the regular season, the speedy winger has 1,082 points in 1,493 games.
A phenom since he was a teenager, Sidney Crosby didn't disappoint as a rookie in the NHL. The first overall draft pick in 2005 didn't win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie the following season due to stiff competition from Alex Ovechkin, but he recorded a whopping 102 points in 81 games. He followed that up the next season with 120 points in 79 games and led the Penguins back to the playoffs after a lengthy absence. To date, Crosby has won three Stanley Cups and two Conn Smythe Trophies as the MVP of the playoffs.
Martin St. Louis
Although he had an unceremonious exit with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Martin St. Louis will go down as one of the franchise's all-time greats. The diminutive winger debuted with the team in 2000-01 after the Calgary Flames ultimately gave up on him and he found immediate success. In his rookie season, St. Louis recorded 40 points and would only get better as the years progressed. He had a career-high 102 points in 2006-07 and has won three Lady Byng Trophies throughout his career. The Laval, Quebec native retired following the 2014-15 season as a member of the New York Rangers.
For a period of six or seven years, Vincent Lecavalier formed a dynamic duo with Martin St. Louis and the pair even led the Lightning to its first ever Stanley Cup in 2004. The former first overall pick of the 1998 NHL Draft had a tough rookie campaign in the NHL, but soon after established himself as one of the league's top all-around centers. He spent 14 seasons with Tampa Bay and retired in 2016 after splitting the season between the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.
For a 6-foot-6, 210-pound defenseman known for his physicality, Chris Pronger was actually a fairly mobile rearguard. The Ontario native could do it all, which is why he was so coveted among teams throughout his career - he played for five teams - and why he was so feared by others. He consistently recorded double-digit goal totals and routinely finished each season with at least 40 points. As a testament to his physicality, he recorded a career-high 180 penalty minutes in 1997-98 and finished with 1,590 penalty minutes in 1,167 career games. He won the James Norris Trophy in 1999-00 as a member of the St. Louis Blues.
There is no defenseman - and perhaps no player - as dominant as Bobby Orr was. The smooth-skating defenseman was known for his ability to rush the puck up the ice and maneuver around the entire opposition at will. His career was unfortunately cut short due to knee injuries, but during his prime he could dominate a game like no other. Orr recorded at least 100 points in six consecutive seasons from 1969 to 1975, which is especially impressive from a defenseman. His trophy case is quite extensive and includes a record eight James Norris Trophies as the league's top defenseman. He also led the league in points twice.
The first overall pick in the 1990 NHL Draft, Owen Nolan played the first six years of his career with the Quebec Nordiques. He played nine games with the Colorado Avalance when the team moved in 1995, but was then dealt to the San Jose Sharks, an up-and-coming team in need of a power forward like Nolan. The native of Northern Ireland played for Canada internationally and went on to play 1,200 career NHL games for six different franchises. He had the best year of his career in 1999-00, when he recorded 84 points and 110 penalty minutes in 78 games.
A three-time winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Ron Francis was drafted fourth overall by the Hartford Whalers in 1981 and played 10 seasons with the team before being dealt to Pittsburgh, where he won two Stanley Cups. One of the best playmakers in league history, he recorded a career-high 119 points, including 92 assists, in 1995-96 as a member of the Penguins. He later returned to the Whalers franchise, which by then was in Carolina, and finished his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.
"The Big E," as he was affectionately known, started his career with a bit of a controversy as he refused to go to Quebec, the team that drafted him first overall in 1991. He was subsequently dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he became one of the game's most dominant players on the score sheet and on the ice in terms of his physical presence. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound center was an imposing figure who recorded a career-high 115 points in 1995-96; unfortunately, his career was cut short due to concussions, but he accomplished enough in his career to warrant an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Although Jose Theodore was an average starting goaltender for the bulk of his career, he was dominant during a three-year period as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. In 2001-02, Theodore essentially willed the mediocre Canadiens to the second round of the playoffs after posting a 30-24-10 record to go along with a league-best .931 save percentage and a 2.11 goals against average. He had an abysmal year following the 2004 lockout, but managed to turn his game around enough to play seven more years in the league. He retired following the 2012-13 season as a member of the Florida Panthers.
No, not the former United States Senator and brother of John F. Kennedy. This Ted Kennedy, also referred to as "Teeder," is a Toronto Maple Leafs legend who played 14 seasons with the franchise from 1942 to 1957. The center scored 49 points in 49 games during his first full season with the team and later recorded a career-high 61 points in 63 games during the 1950-51 season. Those aren't incredible numbers by today's standard, but scoring was much lower during that era. Kennedy won multiple championships with the Maple Leafs and finished his career with 560 points in 696 games.
A Hockey Hall of Famer, it's quite easy to forget that Brett Hull was a sixth round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 1984 NHL Draft, even after recording an absurd 188 points in 57 games with the Penticton Knights of the BCJHL. That was when size was at a premium; soon after, however, every other team in the league felt regret for not drafting Hull. You can count Calgary among those teams as well as the Flames dealt him to the St. Louis Blues, where he went on to become one of the best goal scorers in the league. He recorded a career-high 86 goals in 1990-91 and topped 50 goals in five consecutive seasons.
"The Finnish Flash" had one of the most impressive rookie seasons in NHL history as a member of the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93. Selanne scored an absurd 76 goals and added 56 assists in 84 games. His numbers were less impressive the following two seasons, but he later became a star for the expansion Anaheim Mighty Ducks, where he recorded two 100-plus point seasons. He won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 1998-99 after scoring 47 goals in 75 games and, after brief stints with the Sharks and Avalanche, returned to Anaheim where he had immense success. He was recently announced as a 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee.
Paul Kariya had a similar career trajectory as Selanne, although his career was cut short due to concussions. The diminutive forward was drafted fourth overall by the Ducks in 1993 and formed a formidable duo with Selanne for the better part of a decade. In fact, the two signed with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003 to chase a Stanley Cup and Kariya even took a massive discount to do so. While the season was a massive disappointment for both players, their status as all-time greats was recently verified as both players will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame together.
A native of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Steve Yzerman was drafted fourth overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft and became the franchise's cornerstone for his entire 22-year career, during which time he played 1,514 games and recorded 1,755 points. He was a dynamic scorer early in his career, recording a career-best 155 points in 1988-89, but transformed his game to become a better two-way player and leader, which in turn helped Detroit capture three Stanley Cups while Yzerman was captain.
The Red Wings found a perfect partner up front for Yzerman in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, when they drafted Russian Sergei Fedorov in the fourth round. Although Fedorov didn't win the Calder Trophy, he finished his rookie season with 79 points in 77 games and went on to score at least 100 points twice for the Red Wings. He was also instrumental in the team's three Stanley Cup wins throughout the 90s and early 2000s. As impressive as he was offensively, Fedorov also won two Frank J. Selke Trophies as the league's top defensive forward.
It's hard to believe that Jaromir Jagr was the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NHL Draft and continues to play today - although, at the time of writing this, he is still seeking a contract for the 2017-18 season. The 45-year-old has topped 100 points in four seasons throughout his lengthy career and has played for eight teams, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team with which he spent the majority of his career. Despite his advanced age, Jagr still recorded 46 points last season and has proven himself one of the league's best stories.
Evgeni Malkin has been a great complement to Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. At times, it appears the Russian center is an even more dynamic player than Crosby, and he has proved as much on occasion by winning two Art Ross Trophies as the league's top scorer. Malkin recorded 72 points in the regular season in 2016-17 and has now averaged at least a point-per-game in each of the past six seasons. He had the best season of his career in 2011-12, when he scored 50 goals and added 59 assists for 109 points in 75 games.
Ryan Getzlaf shares a lot in common with Mark Messier. Both players have hoisted the Stanley Cup, are phenomenal leaders, and make a bald head look great. Getzlaf, who turned 32-years-old last season, continues to be a dominant two-way center despite his slow pace of play. He finished the 2016-17 season with 73 points in 74 games and has averaged more than a point-per-game in six of the past 10 seasons. Additionally, he has 118 points in 121 playoff contests. The Regina, Saskatchewan native is one of the league's best playmakers and has been for quite some time.
If Getzlaf has been one of the league's best playmakers, his teammate in Anaheim, Corey Perry, was one of the best goal scorers, at least for a few years. Perry had a disappointing 2016-17 campaign with just 19 goals in 82 games, but he had at least 33 goals in each of the past three seasons and scored a career-best 50 goals in 2010-11, which earned him the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer. To date, the Peterborough, Ontario native has 717 points in 886 career games.
Alex Ovechkin came into the league in 2005-06 and, along with Sidney Crosby, helped the NHL regain momentum following the lockout. "The Great 8" scored a team-high 52 goals as a rookie with the Washington Capitals and finished the season with 106 points, which earned him the Calder Trophy over Crosby. Ovechkin has since proved himself as one of the greatest goal-scorers of all-time, especially in era-adjusted rankings. His 65-goal season in 2007-08 remains one of the best seasons of any player ever. A six-time winner of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, Ovechkin now has 558 goals in 921 games, which ranks 26th all-time. If he stays healthy and continues to produce, he could easily break into the top five all-time.
The man who invented the face mask for goaltenders, Jacques Plante was ahead of his time not only in terms of innovation but play between the pipes. The famed Montreal Canadiens goaltender played 10 seasons with the team and was part of multiple championship-winning teams. He posted a save percentage of at least .920 in five consecutive seasons as part of the Habs dynasty of the 1950s. Plante finished his career with stints in St. Louis, Toronto, and Boston. He retired in 1973 with a career record of 434-247-146 and was later inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
A Hockey Hall of Famer, it's incredibly difficult to believe that Adam Oates wasn't drafted at all. Instead, the R.P.I. alumnus was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings and, after three successful years with the team, went on to become one of the game's premier playmaking centers with the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. Oates recorded a career-high 97 assists in 1992-93 (only three players have ever reached 100 assists) and had a career-high 142 points that season. He retired in 2004 with 1,420 points in 1,337 career games.
The centerpiece of Quebec's return for Eric Lindros, Peter Forsberg played one season with the Nordiques before the team moved to Colorado. The 6-foot Swede quickly acclimated to the North American game and became one of the league's best all-around players. Like Lindros, Forsberg dealt with injuries that hampered his career, but was dominant as a member of the Avalanche in the late 90s and early 2000s. Forsberg had his best season in 2002-03, when he led the league in scoring with 106 points in 75 games. He officially retired following the 2010-11 season after playing two games with the Avalanche.
Throughout the 90s, there was perhaps no better all-around player than "Burnaby" Joe Sakic. The former 15th overall pick of the Quebec Nordiques played his entire career with the franchise and, in 1995-96, during the team's Stanley Cup-winning season, recorded a career-best 120 points. Sakic eventually finished his career with six 100-plus point seasons, including his third-to-last year in the league. He retired following the 2008-09 season with 1,641 points in 1,378 games and, unsurprisingly, was a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Although he is still chasing a Stanley Cup, 40-year-old Jarome Iginla will forever be remembered as one of the best power forwards of his era. The 6-foot-1 winger scored 50 points as a rookie with the Calgary Flames in 1996-97 and, following a drop in production the next year, became the the team's best player for over a decade. Igninla reached his peak in 2001-02, when he scored a career-best 52 goals and shared the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy with Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuk. To date, Iginla has 1,300 points in 1,554 career games.
The Sedin twins are so identical on and off the ice that it's hard to tell them apart. The only thing that sets them apart on the ice is that one - Daniel - is often the finisher in passing plays between the duo, while Henrik is the playmaker. Daniel was drafted second overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and, like Henrik, he has remained with the team ever since. He scored a career-high 41 goals during the 2010-11 season and led the league in points that year with 104. Through 1,225 career games, Daniel has 986 points.
Drafted third overall - one spot behind Daniel - in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Henrik Sedin has been slightly more productive than Daniel in terms of point production - 1,021 points as opposed to 986 - but he isn't as strong a finisher as his brother. He has, however, recorded at least 50 assists in eight seasons, including a seven-year stretch from 2005 to 2012. Henrik enjoyed a career-year in 2009-10, when he scored 29 goals and added 83 assists for 112 points in 82 games. He also has 78 points in 105 career playoff games.
A 10th round selection in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Dominik Hasek played a style of goaltending never before seen in the league, but it was incredibly effective, hence his nickname of "The Dominator." Hasek didn't make his NHL debut until 1990-91 after making a name for himself overseas, but just a few short years later he emerged as a star with the Buffalo Sabres. The Czech netminder went on to win six Vezina Trophies as well as three William M. Jennings Trophies for having the best save percentage in the league. He retired from the NHL in 2008 after posting a career record of 389-223-95.
The New York Islanders made a great choice in drafting Roberto Luongo with the fourth pick in the 1997 NHL Draft; unfortunately, the team had a terrible decision three years later when it dealt him to the Florida Panthers. Luongo went on to shine with the Panthers, becoming one of the league's best goaltenders and keeping the Panthers relevant for years. He was later dealt to the Vancouver Canucks, which he helped reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011. A one-time recipient of the William M. Jennings Trophy, Luongo has a career record of 453-365-117 to go along with a save percentage of .919 and goals against average of 2.50.
Mark Messier just might have one of the most distinguished careers of all-time. He formed a dominant one-two punch with Wayne Gretzky during the Edmonton Oilers dynasty era of the 1980s and, upon being dealt to the New York Rangers, proved himself capable of winning a championship as the best player on a team when he led New York to a Stanley Cup in 1994. As such, the Edmonton native is regarded as one of the best leaders in NHL history. He retired as a member of the Rangers following the 2003-04 season and sits third in all-time points behind only Gretzky and Jaromir Jagr.
Speaking of dynasties, Bryan Trottier was instrumental in the New York Islanders dynasty of the early 1980s. The Saskatchewan native was a diminutive goal scorer, but played a physical game that often created the space he needed to find the goal-scoring areas on the ice. Drafted 22nd overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, Trottier played 15 seasons with the team before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final three years of his career. He had the best season of his career in 1978-79, when he recorded a career-high 134 points and won the Art Ross Trophy.
Smaller players had played in the NHL before Theoren Fleury, but none shattered the stereotype that size didn't matter in the NHL. Long before there was Johnny Gaudreau, Fleury was the man in Calgary. The 5-foot-6 winger was drafted in the eighth round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft and made the team the following year, posting 34 points in 36 games. He scored a career-best 51 goals his third season in the league and twice topped 100 points throughout his career. Fleury went on to play for the Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks and retired with 1,088 points in 1,084 games.
The aptly-named "Russian Rocket" was one of the fastest players of his generation, evidenced by the many breakaways he received that would fill highlight packages throughout the 1990s. Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Bure won the Calder Trophy in 1991-92 after a 60-point season. He followed that up with back-to-back 60 goal seasons and added three more 50-plus goal seasons until his career was cut short due to injury. Still, Bure managed to record 779 points in 702 regular season games.
A 20-year pro, Phil Esposito played most of his career with the Boston Bruins, where he won five Art Ross Trophies as the league's top scorer. He recorded career highs in goals (68), assists (77), and points (145) during the 1973-74 season and had a stretch of five consecutive years in which he recorded at least 127 points. He finished his career by playing six seasons with the New York Rangers and, although he wasn't as dominant as he was with Boston he was still a top player in the league. He retired in 1981 after playing 1,282 games and recording 1,590 points.
Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't have much to cheer about during the 1970s and early 80s, but Darryl Sittler always provided reason for optimism. The eighth overall pick in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft twice topped 100 points as a member of the famed franchise, including a 117-point career-year in 1977-78, when he scored 45 goals and added 72 assists. Sittler is best known for holding the record for most points in a game with 10. He played three seasons in Philadelphia and one in Detroit before retiring following the 1984-85 season.
Long before Bobby Orr became the best defenseman to ever wear the Boston Bruins sweater, Saskatchewan's Eddie Shore was the team's top blueliner. Shore debuted with the Bruins in 1926 and remained with them until 1940. On the surface, it might appear as though he was a low-scoring blueliner, but his consistent 30-point seasons essentially equates to 60 points in today's era. It should also be noted that Shore was regarded as the best shutdown defenseman of his era. He had the best season of his career in 1930-31, when he scored 15 goals and added 16 assists in 44 games.
The Montreal Canadiens were incredibly fortunate to land Guy Lafleur first overall in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. The Canadiens legend quickly transitioned into a dominant scorer at the junior level to a top player in the NHL; he scored 29 goals in his rookie season and in his fourth season began a stretch of six consecutive 100-plus point seasons, including a career-high 136 points during the 1976-77 season. Lafleur won the Conn Smythe that year as the Habs won the Stanley Cup. He also won three Art Ross Trophies throughout his career. Lafleur retired in 1991 as a member of the Quebec Nordiques.
A prolific goal scorer early in his career, Rick Nash shared the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk in 2003-04 after a 41-goal campaign. Nash was only 20-years-old at the time and was establishing himself as one of the game's premier goal scorers. He scored at least 30 goals in six of the following seven seasons and later added a career-high 42 goals as a member of the New York Rangers in 2014-15. To date, the 33-year-old has 771 points in 989 games.
Few people remember Mike Gartner as one of the best players of his generation, but the former fourth overall pick of the Washington Capitals is actually seventh all-time in career goals with 708. The native of Ottawa, Ontario, played his first 10 seasons in the league with the Capitals, during which time he topped 40 goals five times, including in 1984-85, when he recorded a career-high 102 points. Gartner went on to play for the Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Phoenix Coyotes. He played 1,432 career games in the league and accumulated 1,335 points.