As we explained yesterday, the annual presentation of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award is tonight before the game starts. For those who missed the background you can catch up on the meaning of the award and it’s significance here.
Gone are the days of Ryan Callahan winning the award as he is no longer a member of the team. How ironic would it be if he was still the overwhelming vote leader? This year someone new will represent the hard-working member of the team. There are a few candidates I can think of to be given the honor, my choice is an unlikely one. The player I’d like to see win is a quiet guy who is always looking for ways to improve his game, no matter what it takes. When his coaches ask him to change something that he is doing, he does it. When they want to move him to a different role on the team, he does it. He even changed his playing position this year to accommodate others on the roster. He never complains and never sulks. He takes it in stride and always pushes himself to excel no matter what. His stats show a consistent increase in productivity over the years and this year is no different.
Though he doesn’t have his own charity, like a few of his team mates, he is always available to put a smile on the face of
children. He gives his time to the many events of the “Garden of Dreams” Foundation, he gives his time to youth hockey programs, he signs autographs and stops for pictures. Never will you see him with less than a huge smile on his face. He enjoys what he is doing and you can see it in the way he talks about the events. He, himself, is nothing more than a big kid so it only makes things that much better.
My choice for the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award is Brian Boyle.