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FLAMES TOP PROSPECTS - ADAM FOX

The defenceman is coming off a tremendous freshman year at Harvard

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

From June 10-19, CalgaryFlames.com will be highlighting the organization's most promising prospects - players who have made tremendous strides since being drafted and those who could make a push for a roster spot in the near future.

Looking for a creative, mobile defenceman who can spark your offence and take charge of your powerplay?

Adam Fox is your man.

Dating back to his bantam days, as a member of the Long Island Gulls, Fox was averaging over a point-per-game and ended his tenure with the Gulls with 51 points through just 22 games.

Fox entered the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) in 2014 and put up 27 points in 54 skates. He also added 17 points in 34 games as a member of the USNTDP Juniors squad that skated in the United States Hockey League that year.

He followed that up with an incredible year in his draft-eligible 2015-16 season, setting a new USNTDP record for points by a defenceman with 59. In 25 games in the USHL that year, he had 22 points in 25 games with the USNTDP Juniors.

In addition to his exploits with the USNTDP, he had an outstanding U18 World Junior Championship, putting up nine points in seven games and was named the tournament's best defenceman.

His strong offensive instincts, smooth skating and hockey IQ had impressed Calgary scouts throughout the year and the Flames landed Fox in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft, with the 66th overall pick.

 

Deciding to go the NCAA route, Fox headed to Harvard in the fall of 2016 for his freshman year with head coach Ted Donato and the Crimson. Given he would be playing against skaters up to four or five years his senior as a true freshman, many expected there to be a bit of a learning curve for the 5-foot-11, 181-pound rearguard.

As it turned out, he fit right in.

Fox posted 40 points through 35 games and was a key cog on the Crimson's blueline all year. He helped lead Harvard to a Beanpot title, a ECAC Championship and into the Frozen Four, where they fell in the semi-finals.

His list of accomplishments as a freshman are as follows: Ivy-League Rookie of the Year, New England Best Defenceman, NCAA East First All-American Team selection, ECAC All-Rookie Team selection, ECAC All-Tourament Team selection, ECAC First All-Star Team selection, New England D1 All-Star selection, and Ivy-League First Team selection.

He also captured gold with the USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, amassing four assists in seven games.

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