Growing up, Adam Fox was a New York Rangers fan. Little did he know that one day he would grow up and have the opportunity to play for the team he had rooted for. Since becoming a mainstay on the Rangers’ blueline, Fox has shown everyone what he is capable of. Fans have many seasons to look forward to the impact he will have, especially during the playoffs.
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The Calgary Flames drafted Fox in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft. After being drafted, he played for Harvard University; in the 2018-19 season, he was second among NCAA defensemen with 48 points (nine goals, 33 assists). He was also named the Ivy League player of the year and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
In 2018, the Flames traded Fox’s rights to the Carolina Hurricanes; in 2019, the Hurricanes sent Fox’s rights to the Rangers. Fox made his debut with the Rangers in the 2019-20 season, scoring his first NHL goal on Oct. 29, 2019, against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Then, in the 2020-21 season, he won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL. He became the first Rangers player since Brian Leetch to win it, and Fox is only the second player to win it in his second NHL season. The other player? Bobby Orr.
Nine games into the season, the Rangers signed Fox to a seven-year, $66.5 million extension through 2029. The organization and general manager Chris Drury wanted to make sure they had their star defenseman locked up and ready to go for the foreseeable future. Fox played 78 games in the regular season, hitting 74 points (11 goals, 63 assists), and in the playoffs, Fox played all 20 games, getting 23 points (five goals, 18 assists). He missed a few games in January thanks to a minor injury, which led to the Rangers placing him on IR. However, despite that minor hiccup, Fox still had an excellent season.
It’s looking bright for Fox, if he continues to develop, there’s no doubt he will win another Norris Trophy, maybe more. Also, it is possible at some point, he will be an assistant captain or possibly even captain of the team. Right now, his future is promising, and Rangers fans should take comfort in knowing they will be able to watch him play the game.
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