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Zibanejad honored with Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award

After fan vote, Rangers forward named winner of prize named for late NYPD detective

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Zibanejad wins McDonald Award

OTT@NYR: Zibanejad receives Steven McDonald Award

The family of late NYPD detective Steven McDonald presents Mika Zibanejad with the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award in a pregame ceremony

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The family of late NYPD detective Steven McDonald presented Mika Zibanejad with the Extra Effort Award before a game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

McDonald, a lifelong Rangers fan, was shot and injured in the line of duty on July 12, 1987. He died in January of 2017.

The award celebrates McDonald's "remarkable honor and service to others" and is given annually to the Rangers player that "performs above and beyond the call of duty." The winner is chosen via fan vote.

Five retired NYPD members were on to help hand out the award as was McDonald's physician.

McDonald's wife, Patti, was escorted on to the ice by Rangers great Adam Graves, a five-time recipient of the award. 

McDonald's son, NYPD sergeant Conor McDonald addressed the Madison Square Garden crowd before announcing Zibanejad as the winner for the 2018-19 season.

"Every breath, my father fought for," Conor McDonald said. "But he got up every day and he never gave up... He loved this city. He loved this team."

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