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Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award

Adam Fox wins the 2021 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award

Adam Fox is the winner of the 2021 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.

The award is presented annually to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, “goes above and beyond the call of duty.”


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From the Rangers:

  • The award, which has been given annually since the 1987-88 season, bears the name of devoted Blueshirt fan and New York City Police Detective Steven McDonald, who was shot and injured in the line of duty on July 12, 1986 and passed away on January 10, 2017.
  • Fox is the second defenseman who has won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award since it was first presented in 1987-88 (Brian Leetch – 1996-97).
  • The 5-11, 181-pounder has accomplished several feats thus far in 2020-21. Fox posted a career-high 12-game point streak from Mar. 17 vs. Philadelphia to Apr. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, recording 22 points (three goals, 19 assists) over the span, and the point streak was tied for the fifth-longest by a defenseman in franchise history.
  • He also tied the Rangers’ single-game franchise record for assists, as well as single-game franchise records for assists and points by a defenseman, when he tallied five assists and five points on Mar. 25 at Philadelphia. Fox’s 42 assists and 47 points this season are each the most by a Rangers defenseman at 23 years old or younger since Sergei Zubov in 1993-94.

Adam Rotter: There really wasn’t any other choice than Fox. He’s been their best player all year and deserves all the talk of Norris Trophy that he is getting. This award usually goes to a forward but I think Fox could certainly start a streak to keep it with the defense.