7:51PM: On MSG, Kreider said:
- “There are a lot of guys very, very deserving of that award before probably myself, that being said, it’s probably the greatest honor that I’ve experienced as a pro hockey player. Knowing what that award means seeing some of the guys before who won it. I think it was kind of hard to stay composed. I couldn’t be more grateful….the list is pretty long. Obviously getting to share the moment with the McDonald family, Steven’s name was incredible. I think it’s something that’s kind of difficult to articulate considering what he means to the city, what the family means to the city. We are lucky enough to play a game for a living….”
- “Some of those first or second year guys who might not necessarily had the opportunity to kind of listen and watch and learn what Steven stood for. The family is really our family, that was something made abundantly clear when I got here and getting to know them really well, they are as much a part of the team and fabric of the city and this organization as anyone.
7:09PM: Chris Kreider is the winner of the 2022 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.”
Kreider was also the Rangers nominee for the Masterton Trophy this season.
Here's to you, Kreids. What a season + what a leader. pic.twitter.com/WmLa8L2kq6
— x – New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 26, 2022
From the Rangers:
- Thus far, Kreider has skated in 79 games, recording 51 goals and 24 assists for 75 points. Kreider is the fourth player in Rangers history to score 50 goals in a single season, joining Jaromir Jagr (2005-06), Adam Graves (1993-94) and Vic Hadfield (1971-72).
- On April 5 at New Jersey, Kreider set a franchise record with his 25th power play goal of the season. His 11 game-winning goals are also a franchise record. Kreider is the 12th player in NHL history to record 51+ goals and 26+ power play goals in a season and first since llya Kovalchuk notched the feat in 2005-06.
- He is the only player in NHL history to record 50+ goals, 25+ power play goals, three+ shorthanded goals and 10+ game winning goals in the same season. When Kreider scored his 50th goal on April 12 against Carolina, he became the eighth player in NHL history to hit the 50-goal milestone for the first time in his 10th season or later and first since Dave Andreychuk (11 seasons) in 1992-93.
- Kreider was the fourth skater in league history to score 50 goals for the first time at 30 years or older (beginning of season), joining Joe Mullen, Vic Hadfield and Johnny Bucyk.
- Kreider represented the Rangers at the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas and helped the Metropolitan Division win the event. On March 15 against Anaheim, he recorded his 400th career point. On January 13 against San Jose, he scored his 200th career goal. Against Colorado on December 12, he played in his 600th career game. In his career-year, Kreider, a 19th overall pick by the Rangers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has also climbed franchise ranks. Kreider’s 228 goals are the tied for the 10th most in franchise history, his 84 power play goals are the fifth most in team history and 34 game-winning goals rank ninth all-time for a Blueshirt.
Adam Rotter: Kreider was the very obvious and deserving winner of the this year’s award. You could see in how he skated over to the McDonald family and embraced them how much this meant to him. As the longest tenured Ranger, Kreider has seen this award be presented year after year and it has always been instilled how important this is to the organization. He has been outstanding this year and, scored big goals and helped set the tone and standard for how the team needs to play. He deserves this award and while I had thought that this ship had sailed, maybe he does the “C” in his future.