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.