Another Star turn for Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh
BY: Justin Tasch, NY Daily News
It was at a team dinner on Oct. 6, 2014, three days before the start of a new season and seven months after previous captain Ryan Callahan was traded to Tampa Bay, when Ryan McDonagh was bestowed the honor of being the next Ranger to wear the ‘C’ on the front of his sweater.
The son of St. Paul and University of Wisconsin product was ready for it. Then 25 years old with four NHL seasons under his belt, he had established himself as one of the best defensemen in the game with strong performances for Team USA in the Sochi Olympics and leading the Rangers to a Stanley Cup Final appearance. He finished eighth in the Norris Trophy voting, earned the team’s Players’ Player Award, voted on by teammates, and the Team MVP award, voted on by media.
The understated blue-liner was, and is, the picture of professionalism, accountability and selflessness, and in his third season as captain he has flourished as a leader for the Rangers, whom he will represent in Los Angeles Sunday in the NHL All-Star Game for the second straight season.