The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award has been presented each season since 1987-88 to the Rangers player who goes above and beyond the normal call of duty, and is named in honor of former New York City police officer Steven McDonald,who passed away Tuesday at the age of 59.
Reaction from current and former Rangers poured in following the news.
Quotes from throughout the years on Det. McDonald
"He is a big part of this organization for a long time, when you see him cheering on the guys you give him a nod. You recognize him for sure. He's been a Ranger for a long time, probably before I was born. It's a big honor and I am very humbled." - Mats Zuccarello: Winner in 2013-14 and 2015-16
"I don't know if any human being on this planet could have inspired us any more than Steven McDonald" - former Rangers Head Coach Tom Renney
"For a man like that, with all he's gone through, to be proud of us-it's humbling. It's hard to describe that feeling." - former Ranger Brian Boyle
"Winning the (Extra Effort Award) in his honor is one of my (proudest) accomplishments as a hockey player." - Brandon Dubinsky: Winner in 2007-08