On July 12, 1986 three shots, from point-blank range, left Detective Steven McDonald a quadriplegic. At the conclusion of the following season, the New York Rangers established the “Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award“. Each year the New York Rangers donate a $25,000.00 check, in the winning player’s name, to the Steven McDonald foundation. The winner is also presented a trophy from McDonald himself.
Each year votes are cast for the player who goes “above and beyond the call of duty” for the team. In four of the last five years, Ryan Callahan was named the winner of this award. This year there will be a new winner given the trade status of Callahan. The only player on the current roster who has ever received the award previously is Henrik Lundqvist. The full list of previous winners looks like this:
|John Vanbiesbrouck and Kelly Kisio||1989-90|
Unlike most awards in the NHL, there isn’t a precursor of discussions about finalists or possible nominations. There is no ballot that goes out to the press core or the all-knowing and almighty “they” somewhere in the stratosphere. This award is largely chosen by the fans. While there are always those looking to discuss their thoughts via the many social media outlets, the award remains largely a surprise when the winner is named. Voting for the award ended last night at 11:59PM ET. Between today and tomorrow, our staff will be sharing our thoughts on who we think should win the award and why. Who would, or did, you chose to win and why? Leave us comments and tell us what you think.