Vincent Trocheck Wins Major Honor for Rangers

The Steven McDonald award isn't well known outside of New York yet, it's an important honor.
Apr 29, 2021; New York, New York, USA;  The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award is presented to Adam
Apr 29, 2021; New York, New York, USA; The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award is presented to Adam / Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

As the season winds down it's hard for both the players and fans to focus on the regular season with a playoff berth clinched. It was a little easier on a special night on Sunday when the Rangers give out the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award given out to the player that "goes above and beyond the call of duty". The award is given out in honor of Steven McDonald ,an NYPD detective who was shot and injured in July 12th 1986. The 36th award was given out to Vincent Trocheck, marking his first time winning the incredible honor.

Once a controversial signing, Vincent Trocheck has done it all for the New York Rangers this season and is well deserving of the award. Trocheck has enjoyed a career year, with 25 goals and 50 assists while being named to his second career all-star game.

Trocheck has done everything this seaso, starting as the third-line center before stepping up onto the second line helping Artemi Panarin enjoy a career-high in points. There's never a night off for Trocheck who dominates in the faceoff circle while blocking shots, ranking third on the team in hits, and helping in both penalty kill and the power play.

The Rangers wouldn't be where they are without the incredible year that Vincent Trocheck has given them.

Steven McDonald Award is Big Honor for Trochek

Vincent Trocheck has gone from Rangers enemy while playing for the Panthers and Hurricanes to a fan favorite. Trocheck doesn't have the size of Matt Rempe or the skill or Artemi Panarin, but he brings the physicality of Rempe with great offensive skill. If the Rangers want to go on a Stanley Cup run than they'll need a massive contribution from Trocheck as he'll need to help unlock Artemi Panarin. As Trocheck finishes up his second season on Broadway it's difficult for those who hated the signing to stand by their opinion.

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