Steven McDonald passes away

January 10, 2017, by

Sad news to report here, as office Steven McDonald has passed away at the age of 59 today. McDonald suffered a massive heart attack earlier in the week, and passed away today. McDonald, an NYPD officer, was shot on July 12, 1986, an incident that left him as a quadriplegic.

The Rangers have honored McDonald every year since the shooting by presenting the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award each season since 1987-88 to the Rangers player who goes above and beyond the normal call of duty.

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  1. amy says:

    rip Steven McDonald may your award continue to bring joy to you in heaven

  2. ranger17 says:

    Greatest award any Ranger player can get

  3. ranger17 says:


  4. stevesse says:

    “Any man’s death diminishes me,
    Because I am involved in mankind,
    And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.”
    RIP Steven, you were among the best of us.

  5. Chris. C says:

    RIP brother in Blue

  6. Al Dugan says:

    Twitter is alight with calls to raise his shield to the rafters at the Garden. Can we all help out with this?

    As a long time Ranger fan, I always looked forward to the presentation each year. Not so much for the player who got it, but I wanted to see the man in his uniform who presented it. Such a loss! A very sad day.

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      Wow….I love this idea Al. I’ve been involved for years in a letter writing campaign to get Ratelle’s 19 to the rafters (haven’t been successful yet but won’t give up) and now you’ve inspired me to do the same for Officer McDonald.

      He was a hero in every sense of the word. He will be missed but his spirit will be part of this franchise forever.

      • Al Dugan says:

        Eddie….we have to keep this going. Even in our lowest moments as a club, when we weren’t doing well, the thought of that hero coming on the ice at the end of a long season would be thrilling.

        I was there live many times to see it handed out, and although I am slightly older than the Detective, this was part of my life for the last 30 years. May he rest in eternal peace. And at least he saw ONE Cup!

        • Chris F says:

          He will be missed. Nothing beats his fiery pleas to the team to play like champions even if they were to ultimately fall short. His 2012 speech was especially emotional.

          It’s humbling to think that he’s been in his condition for the entirety of my life. I was born a couple months before he was shot. I take my good fortune for granted too often.

          RIP Steven.

      • Ranger11 says:

        Yes the great Jean Ratelle. He was my favorite Ranger when I was a kid and a great one too. I’m a little surprised his number 19 didn’t go up in the rafters myself. It was one thing when they only had Gilberts 7 up there but once they hung up a bunch more I was hoping he would be there too.

      • paulronty says:

        McDonald was a great Ranger fan & the team gave him a lot of joy, win or lose. As for Ratelle, you go Eddie, because it’s a freakin’ travesty that his number isn’t up there with Gilbert. They were one of the greatest duos the team has efver had.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          Thank you Paul!

          I’ve written to Sather and to Brooks about this. To me, I can’t think of a NY athlete, or an athlete from any team, that is ranked as high as he is in so many categories and yet hasn’t received his due. It’s a disgrace to the crest.

          My understanding from an article Brooks did on the subject prior to Opening Night is that discussions have been had and progress has been made. So perhaps we will see this happen sometime in 2017.

          I’m not ashamed to say that when this does happen, I will likely weep like a baby.

          • Walt says:

            Amen to that E3 !!! Jean was always a class act, and a fine player, as well as a clean player !!!!!!!!

  7. Pas44 says:

    Maybe the BSB can put some sort of memorial icon or badge on the site. shame. really sad!


    I would think something in his honor will rise in the garden this season.

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  9. John B says:

    He’ll be missed. My uncle was in the 101st Pct when this occurred and he remembers that day.

  10. HARLEMBLUES says:

    A very very special human being to which I feel privileged to had witness the bravery and compassion of Steven McDonald. My condolences to his Family and friends and R.I.P..

  11. HARLEMBLUES says:

    Great suggestion Al.

  12. Walt says:

    This is a very sad day in Rangerland, we just lost a wonderful family man who showed us how to live, and fight, as opposed to rolling over, and playing dead.

    There is a painting in the halls of Congress that depicts police as pigs, a complete insult to Steve, and all who wear the blue uniform. When will these proud men get the respect due?

    I’m not a religious man, but may God bless Steve, and his family, you are an inspiration to all us Ranger fans, rest in peace!!!!!!!

    • Chris F says:

      How’s it look down here from up on that political soapbox? That painting –now removed– won an art competiton in Missouri and as part of a Congressional Art Exhibit was temporarily displayed at a Congressional Complex. It was a localized decision, in that it won a competition locally, the winner of which was to be displayed along with a couple dozen other winners from other districts. By the format of the competition, it was then automatically displayed until it raised some concerns from Congressmen and others and was subsequently removed. Not a big deal at all in a supposedly free nation that praises itself on the values of free expression, controversial and otherwise, and embraces a plurality of views and perspectives ranging from the sacred to the profane.

      Since you brought Det McDonald into it, though, in truth, he probably didn’t feel disrepected or insulted or bothered by it, seeing as how he’s made a name for himself for his stance on forgiveness and seems to have moved past even holding a grudge against the teen who crippled him for life. Maybe you should honor his memory by not using his death as a political wedge.

      • Walt says:

        Hay scum bag, I wasn’t trying to get political at all, just seeking respect for these guys in blue. Please don’t preach to me, I fought for your right to free speech, you dip stick are a wimp, don’t give me your sorry shit………….

        • Chris F says:

          Hey, Walt, this is not the first time you’ve flung your veteran credentials at people on the site, using it to blunt people with whom you disagree with.

          As an Active Duty Commissioned Officer, please spare me your lectures on service. I’ve never mentioned it before because I don’t feel the need to bubble wrap myself in that claim to win arguments, but I’ll pull rank on you this time and lay it out clear to you: our service doesn’t make us better than anyone, it doesn’t give us the right to use it against people who may never have served, and it certainly doesn’t insulate us from difficult discussions. When you use the uniform to shut down people, basically telling them to shut up and color because they somehow owe you something, I think you’ve lost sight of why we serve in the first place.

          • Walt says:

            Thank you for your service, but your still a snarky, condescending individual. I never got into any discussion on politics, and won’t at this time. I was just trying to show respect for the guys in blue, and I get ambushed by you, of which I didn’t appreciate at all. Let’s leave it at that !!!!!!!!!!

  13. Richter1994 says:

    RIP, thoughts and prayers. 🙁