Rangers Roundup: Jacob Trouba wins Mr. Ranger Award, NHL fines Adam Fox, and more

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First year New York Rangers captain Jacob Trouba is having a fine season.

Prior to the Rangers beating the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night, he was awarded the Rod Gilbert Mr Ranger Award.

Rod Gilbert passed away in August of 2021. His trademark number 7 was retired on October 14, 1979 and will forever stand as a testament to one of the greatest Blueshirts in franchise history.

Gilbert was the epitome of a Ranger from the moment he put on the sweater. For 18 seasons from 1960-61 to 1977-78, he was Broadway’s brightest star and the face of the franchise. The kid from Montreal became a New Yorker and loved every second of it.

Eventually, Gilbert became synonymous with the Blueshirts and earned the nickname Mr. Ranger. The award goes the Rangers player “who best honors Rod’s legacy by exemplifying leadership qualities both on and off the ice, and making a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.”

Chris Kreider was the inaugural award winner last season.

Jacob Trouba wins Mr. Ranger

Jacob Trouba
Dec 29, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Trouba, 29, has registered 8 goals and 22 assists for 30 points in 78 games to date. Unfortunately, he was injured after receiving the honors in the first period and is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

The captain of the team has been instrumental in turning around the Blueshirts’ season with the now famous “helmet toss” during a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on December 4, 2022.

“I think we could use a little more emotion, a little more will in our game,” Trouba said afterwards. “It’s not easy. You’re not out here to go for a twirl. It’s a hard game and you have to play it hard. There’s a lot of story left to be written. It’s not a done thing by any means but it’s gone on for a bit now. Something needs to change. There’s needs to be a little more of a pushback from within. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.”

His team listened and the Rangers are once again in the playoffs.

Per the team’s press release, Trouba’s work off the ice with the Garden of Dream’s Foundation, helping people battling epilepsy, and the BGC’s Charity were a few of the great deeds mentioned.

Congratulations to Jacob Trouba.

NHL Fines Adam Fox

Apparently the NHL’s Department of Player Safety deemed a slash by Adam Fox on Corey Perry fine worthy. He was fined the maximum amount allowed per the CBA ($5,000).

At least the NHL DoPS didn’t ignore an even more dangerous play by Alex Killorn, who did not slash Igor Shesterkin, but speared him in the groin on an eventual goal by Brandon Hagel in the second period.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at YardBarker and MSN. Some of his past features have been linked on Sportsnet, NBC, TFP, NY POST, NEWSDAY and more.