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FOX IN MIDST OF INCREDIBLE FRESHMAN CAMPAIGN

From World Junior Championship goal to capturing the ECAC Championship, Adam Fox has had a great 2016-17 season

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 / CalgaryFlames.com

To say Flames prospect Adam Fox has had a great year is an understatement.

All the 19-year-old defencemen has done is win a gold medal with Team U.S.A. at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, capture the ECAC Championship with the Harvard Crimson and be named Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year.

On top of that, Harvard currently find themselves on a 16-game unbeaten streak, going 15-0-1 and setting a new program record in the process.

"It's pretty special to accomplish a lot," Fox said.

"We've been really successful so far."

Calgary's 2016 third round draft pick has played a pivotal role on the Crimson blueline, with five goals and 36 points through 32 games, leading all ECAC defencemen in scoring.

He also finds himself with an impressive 1.13 points-per-game, which leads all NCAA defencemen.

Not bad for a freshmen year.

Fox has made huge strides in his game to develop and reach his full potential that the Flames were hoping he would do when they drafted the smooth-skating defencemen.

"I've been focused on developing my game to become more well-rounded," Fox said.

"I want to be able to play the full ice and not just half of it."

He certainly is on the right track to becoming known for more than just his offence prowess, which has led him to being recognized for his play, earning the ECAC Rookie of the Year honours.

Earning the award also created a bit of history, as he is the first Harvard player to win the award since 1997 when J.R. Prestifilippo won it.

"It's a huge honour," Fox said.

"It really is a testament to the players around me and the coaching staff.

"I'm happy to accomplish it."

Video: Get to know Flames' 2016 draft pick, Adam Fox

Although Fox and the Crimson have accomplished the goals they set out for themselves thus far, there is still one goal left for them to check off their list - add the NCAA Championship to their resume.

The Crimson head into the NCAA tournament ranked as the number one seed in the East Region and the third overall seed in the tournament. They will kick off the tournament against the fourth seed Providence Friars on Friday at 6 p.m. MT.

Despite earning the number one seed, Fox noted the importance of not taking the Friars too lightly and stick to their gameplan.

"We have a lot of momentum right now but we can't take anyone lightly," Fox said.

"We just need to play smart."

The freshmen is excelling off the ice as well, as he has made it a priority to stay just as focused in his studies.

Although it may not relate directly to his play on ice, the prospect made it a goal to improve himself in all aspects during his time at Harvard.

"It's important to balance both school and hockey," Fox said.

"I'm always looking to improve myself everyday." 

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