Ryan Callahan was awarded the Steven McDonald Extra Effort award for the fourth time in his career last night.
During the first intermission, Callahan told Al Trautwig that winning the award is something special,”It means everything. It’s voted on by the gans and that is an honor in and of itself. Steven McDonald is a true hero. What he did for this city is unreliable. It’s been an honor to get to know him over the years.”
Following the game, John Tortorella was asked about Steven McDonald and if the team got a lift from seeing and hearing him before the puck dropped. Tortorella said, “everybody loves listening to him. We have so much respect for him and what he has gone through. You see his son in the uniform, I’ve had conversations with him on the phone… he inspires me and I am always anxious to hear what he says before that game. I think Step is pretty close there. I love Cally but I think Step is pretty close there.”
Last night, McDonald said ““We need one shift, one play, one block, one goal to make this game and this season a memorable one….so get it done.”
THIS SECTION is all about the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.
Adam Rotter: I love when the Rangers give this award out and like Torts, am always eager to hear what Steven McDonald will say. I think it was 2006-07 or 2007-08 when the Rangers were battling for the playoffs and he said something like “there is only one thing to say……..win.” If I recall that sparked the Rangers and they used it in the video montages the rest of the season and in the playoffs.
It’s been an honor to wear this jersey for three years. When Steve McDonald comes out–Cally is obviously the most deserving of that hands down. He is our leader, he leads the way and that is the way we all want to play; behind him. He makes us better players. I mean how blessed are we to be able to do it here in this city. For a man like that, with all that he has gone through, to be proud of us, it’s humbling. It’s a hard feeling to describe, you get goose bumps. I am sure that Cally is really honored, he deserves it. We all try and follow suit and stand in line and play that way. Its a pretty selfless team and it’s a lot of fun to be part of. The guys in this room, the fans, the city we are in, it’s pretty surreal sometimes. I gotta pinch myself. We are fortunate to be here.
Ryan Callahan, for the third time, has been awarded the Steve McDonald Extra Effort Award.
From the Rangers:
The New York Rangers announced that team captain Ryan Callahan has been named winner of the 2011-12 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.
The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award recognizes the player who performs “above and beyond the call of duty.” The award, which is voted on by the fans, is named after New York City police officer Steven McDonald, who was shot and injured in the call of duty in November of 1988. The award has been given annually since 1988 to the player who fans believe plays with extra effort on the ice.
Callahan, 27, has registered 28 goals and 25 assists for 53 points, along with 55 penalty minutes in 71 games this season. He ranks third on the Rangers in points, second in goals and fifth in assists. He ranks second among NHL forwards in blocked shots (85), is tied for seventh among all NHL skaters in power play goals (12), fifth in game-winning goals (eight) and ranks fifth in hits (258). In addition, Callahan is tied for the team lead and 16th in the NHL in shorthanded points (three).
The Rochester, New York native joins Adam Graves (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1998-99, 1999-00) as the only players who have won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award three times, having previously captured the honor in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Callahan was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 127th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. On September 12, 2011, he was named the 26th captain in franchise history after serving as an alternate captain the previous two seasons. He became the fifth youngest captain in team history and the first homegrown captain since Brian Leetch held the post from October 3, 1997 – July 13, 2000.
Every year the Rangers award the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award to “the player that goes above and beyond the call of duty.” The award is named after New York City police officer Steven McDonald, who was shot and injured in the call of duty in November of 1988. This award has been given annually to the player who fans believe plays with extra effort on the ice. (via the Rangers)
Choices have been limited to the top vote getters from the first run of this poll.
Recent Winners are:
Henrik Lundqvist -2005-06, Brandon Dubinsky -2007-08, Ryan Callahan -2008-09, Ryan Callahan -2009-10, Brandon Prust -2010-11