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Mika Zibanejad Wins Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for Second Consecutive Season

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Washington Capitals v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Mika Zibanejad won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for the second consecutive season, the team announced Thursday.

Zibanejad had a sensational regular season with 41 goals and 75 points in 57 games. His 0.72 goals per game was best in the NHL, and his highlight of the season was his five-goal game vs. the Washington Capitals.

He has continued to best his career highs since joining the Rangers, and has solidified himself as a No. 1 center. Zibanejad has also continued to grow as a leader on the team, mentoring young players, being a public face of the team to the media, and is widely considered a favorite to be named the next captain whenever the Rangers decide to do so.

Off the ice, Zibanejad garnered attention for his support of Swedish women’s hockey in 2019 by announcing a pledge to donate proceeds from the Zibanejad Burger at his restaurant Brödernas.

Congratulations to Zibanejad on his award win, it is well deserved.