The New York Rangers announced their 2002-03 team awards today, recognizing several players for their performances both on and off the ice this season.LEETCH VOTED TEAM MVP; PLAYERS' PLAYER
Defenseman Brian Leetch
was voted as the Rangers' Most Valuable Player
by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Leetch had previously been named Team MVP in 1988-89, 1990-91, 1996-97, 1998-99 and 2000-01.
He also was named the Players' Player Award
winner for the third straight season.
Leetch was also the recipient of the Ceil Saidel Memorial Award
for the second consecutive year, as voted by the Rangers Fan Club, for dedication to the organization both on and off the ice.
________________________LUNDMARK NAMED RANGERS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Forward Jamie Lundmark
was named the team's Rookie of the Year
for the 2002-2003 season after recording eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 55 games.
________________________BARNABY GOES 'ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY'
Winger Matthew Barnaby
was honored prior to the March 31 match vs. the Atlanta Thrashers as the winner of the 2002-2003 American Express/Steven McDonald 'Extra Effort' Award
, presented annually to the Rangers player who, as voted by the fans, has performed 'above and beyond the call of duty
Following the 1987-88 season, the Rangers established the award, dedicated to paralyzed New York City police officer Steve McDonald, who was shot in the line of duty. In addition to the on-ice award presentation, a $25,000 check is presented annually to the Steve McDonald Foundation.
________________________DUNHAM VOTED FRANK BOUCHER TROPHY WINNER
Goaltender Mike Dunham
was named the recipient of the Frank Boucher Trophy
, signifying the most popular player on the team as voted by the Rangers' Fan Club.
Since joining the Rangers on December 12, 2002, Dunham has posted a record of 19-16-5, along with a 2.29 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.