Steven McDonald Award Goes To Adam Fox


Adam Fox is presented with the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. AP Photo by New York Rangers via Getty Images

In an emotional ceremony befitting of this year’s winner, NYPD detective Conor McDonald made an emotional speech in presenting Adam Fox the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.

With Conor McDonald speaking through a mask behind the netting alongside his wife and Mom Patti, the son of former detective Steven McDonald spoke about how this award is more significant than the hero his father was. It’s about the brave men and women of the NYPD who lay it all on the line every day. He mentioned Officer Anastasios Tsakos, who tragically passed away due to a drunk driver on Tuesday night. It was very emotional.

Once he discussed what the Steven McDonald Award embodies, Conor McDonald explained why Fox deserved to win the prestigious trophy. Mentioning that it he’s a Long Island native, you knew who was winning the Award. Pointedly saying, “He’s the best defenseman this season,” McDonald announced Adam Fox as this year’s winner. To cheers from those who are in attendance at Madison Square Garden, Fox accepted the award and said thank you to the McDonald Family.

There’s no doubt that Fox has been brilliant in his second year. Playing remarkably well all season, he’s been the most consistent Ranger and a leader. With five goals, 42 assists and 47 points along with a plus-23 rating to match his jersey number and age, Fox is in the running for the Norris Trophy. If he wins it, it would be deserving. The competition will come from Victor Hedman, Shea Theodore and Kris Letang.

While it’s nice to think about individual accomplishments, let’s be honest. It pales in comparison to team achievements. I doubt Fox cares about that as much as MSG Network. That’s all they talk about. Fox’s effort both offensively and defensively has merited all the praise he is receiving. It’s the way he handles the puck under pressure that is notable. What a special player he already is.

Congratulations to Adam Fox on winning the Steven McDonald Award! Now go out and lead the Rangers to a comeback victory against the Islanders, who as usual are being a thorn in the side of this mystifying team. It’s embarrassing so far. I hope I have something better to write later than what’s happened so far. Let’s hope so.

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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