Rangers Video Tribute to Steven McDonald special

A truly special moment happened during the first period of the Maple Leafs versus Rangers game. Following an emotional tribute to fallen NYPD officer Steven McDonald, the Ranger organization showed a video tribute on the scoreboard at MSG.

Featuring Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan along with former Extra Effort winners Mats Zuccarello and Adam Graves, it was the kind of class you have come to expect from the Rangers. Mike Richter was also included and had some pearls of wisdom.

Both Patricia Ann and son Conor were shown on the board during the whole tribute. The reaction was a loud ovation as both hugged several times. At the end, you can hear “Steve McDonald” chants. Though I wish I could have been there and shot it live, I couldn’t. So, I did the best I could recording it on my I-Phone off the TV screen. Here it is in entirety including the emotional cheers and ending:

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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