From now through March 29th, you can cast your vote for the Rangers player that you feel "goes above and beyond the call of duty" at newyorkrangers.com.
Following the 1987-88 season, the Rangers established the award dedicated to paralyzed New York City police officer Steven McDonald, who was shot in the line of duty.
Brandon Prust won the award last season. For a list of past winners click here.
To vote, click here.
...to me this is the toughest choice in years. In recent seasons, Callahan and Prust seemed like obvious choices, but this year you could easily add Girardi, McDonagh, Boyle and Lundqvist to the mix.
...in the end I decided to go with Girardi. Despite his recent struggles there is no one on the team that "goes beyond the call of duty" more than him.
H/T to reader Elyssa for the reminder.
The Steven McDonald award should go to McDonagh this year.He is in my opinion the one that has proven himself to be the overall strongest defenceman for the Rangers this season.
Girardi. He played with the elites all year. He's not paid like it and it was NEVER expected from him. His effort and focus has gotten him all the way to the top. He's got my vote.
I'm so torn: Cally (look what happened to the teams energy when he got hurt), Gerardi (undrafted All star & the team wouldn't be where they are without him), and Prust (the most important person on the pk & gets hit by pucks & fists and shakes it off to play another shift)...it's an award after a policeman than I'm going with PRUST!
@TheNYRBlog When in doubt, Callahan. Though I can't argue with Girardi and to a somewhat lesser extent, Prust.
@TheNYRBlog I agree, but I went Girardi. Considering all the injuries on defense, he stepped up all year and deserved the "A" too
Hard to believe that Hank has only won this award once. I went with him this year, not just because he's having a stellar year, but he's consistently the one who talks to the media about the team, he's the one the team relies upon every game to come up big, and he doesn't get many easy games....plus he's in a band ;-) McDonagh was my 2nd choice.
I went with Callahan because he wa my first thought and he just does everything. He's taken to that C so well. Good point with Girrardi and McD though. McD especially in the later half of the season.
@AveryBanner @thenyrblog lol who did you vote for? If not girardi, would have done Callahan or prust. Can Avery be written in? Lol