New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Fox on an entry-level contract.
Fox, 21, skated in 33 games with Harvard University this past season, registering nine goals and 39 assists for 48 points, along with a plus-23 rating and 14 penalty minutes. He was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey in 2018-19, and he was also named a First Team All-American. Fox was named the 2019 Walter Brown Award winner (best American-born college hockey player in New England), the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, and the Ivy League Player of the Year, and he was selected to the ECAC Hockey First Team. He was also awarded the John Tudor Memorial Cup this past season, which is given annually to the most valuable member of the Harvard hockey team, determined not by ability alone, but by the qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, and team cooperation.
The 5-11, 195-pounder established collegiate career-highs in several categories during this past season, including goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Fox led the NCAA in assists and ranked fourth in the NCAA in points in 2018-19; he ranked second among NCAA defensemen in points, only trailing Hobey Baker Award winner Cale Makar (49). Fox became the first defenseman to lead the NCAA in assists since 2005-06 (Matt Carle). Fox also led the NCAA in assists per game (1.18) and points per game (1.45) during the past season. He was the first NCAA defenseman (min. 10 games played) to lead the nation in points per game since 1974-75. In 2018-19, Fox also became the first NCAA defenseman to average at least 1.45 points per game in a season (min. five games played) since the 1996-97 season. Fox led all players in ECAC Hockey in overall points, as well as in points in ECAC Hockey conference games (33 points in 22 intra-conference games) in 2018-19. In addition, he established single-season Harvard records for assists and points by a defenseman.
Fox skated in 97 career collegiate games over three seasons (2016-17 - 2018-19) with Harvard, registering 21 goals and 95 assists for 116 points, along with a plus-45 rating and 32 penalty minutes. Fox led NCAA defensemen in assists and points during his three-year collegiate career, and he registered 17 more points and 19 more assists than any other NCAA defenseman over the span. In addition, Fox led all NCAA players in assists over the course of his collegiate career. He averaged more points per game in his collegiate career (1.20) than any other NCAA defenseman over the last 20 seasons (since 1999-00). He led NCAA defensemen in assists per game and points per game in two of his three collegiate seasons (2016-17 and 2018-19), and in 2017-18, he ranked third among NCAA defensemen in assists per game and tied for third among NCAA defensemen in points per game.
Fox was named a First Team All-American in each of his three collegiate seasons. He led all NCAA defensemen in points as a freshman in 2016-17 (40; six goals, 34 assists in 35 games), and he was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year. Fox, who turned 19 years old during the 2016-17 season, became the first NCAA defenseman to register at least 40 points while playing in his U19 season (or younger) since Rangers legend Brian Leetch (47 points with Boston College in 1986-87). Since 1983-84, Fox is one of only four NCAA defensemen who have averaged at least 1.00 points per game (min. two games played) in their U19 season (or younger), along with Leetch (1.27 with Boston College in 1986-87), current Rangers Assistant Coach Greg Brown (1.00 with Boston College in 1986-87), and Zach Werenski (1.00 with the University of Michigan in 2015-16). Fox helped Harvard win the ECAC Hockey Championship and advance to the Frozen Four in 2016-17, and he was also named to the ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team in 2016-17. On Apr. 13, 2019, Fox was one of three rising seniors who were elected by their teammates as Harvard's captains for the 2019-20 season. Fox's 95 assists and 116 points are both the second-most by a Harvard defenseman in school history.
Internationally, the Jericho, New York native has represented the United States in four major tournaments, and he has helped Team USA earn a medal in all four of them. Fox helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he registered five points (one goal, four assists) and a plus-six rating while serving as one of the team's alternate captains, and he was named one of the Top Three Players on his Team in the tournament. He also helped the United States earn a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he notched four assists in seven games. Fox was named the Best Defenseman at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship while helping the United States earn a bronze medal, as he registered nine points (one goal, eight assists) and a plus-15 rating in seven games and led all defensemen in the tournament in assists and points. Fox's plus-15 rating was the second-best plus/minus rating in one year in the history of the IIHF U18 World Championship. He earned a silver medal with the United States at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge. In addition, Fox will represent the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. He recorded 86 points (13 goals, 73 assists) over two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program (2014-15 and 2015-16), and his 86 points with the USNTDP are the fourth-most by a defenseman in the program's history.
Fox was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Apr. 30, 2019. He was originally selected by the Calgary Flames in the third round, 66th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
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