03 Mar Getting to Know Adam Fox
New York Rangers defenseman, Adam Fox grew up in Nassau County on the north shore of Long Island just 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, which is a prime reason he has always followed the exploits of the New York Rangers. Fox played for the Under-16 Long Island Gulls, where teammates included current Bruin and ex-Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy. On April 30, 2019, Fox’s rights were acquired by the New York Rangers in exchange for a second- round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. On May 2, Fox signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers.
Name: Adam Fox
Born: February 17, 1998 (age 22) in Jericho, New York
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Weight: 181 lb
Shoots: Right NHL
Draft: 66th overall, 2016 Calgary Flames
College: Harvard University
How old were you when you started skating? My dad put me on skates when I was about three years old. We used to skate at the New York Islanders’ practice rink called ‘Iceworks’. My dad was a big hockey fan, and I have an older brother who played. For as long as I can remember, I had a hockey stick in my hand.
You have one of the most impressive careers in Harvard men’s hockey history. In just three seasons,you had over 100 career points, you received All-ECAC First Team honors three times, and drew national attention from the collegiate and professional levels.How did it feel to leave Harvard before your senior year and play in the NHL? Bittersweet is a great word for it. It’s a great opportunity to do what I dreamed of doing, playing at the next level. Having the opportunity to play at Harvard was definitely special and something I enjoyed very much & cherished — but leaving after my junior year was definitely a decision I felt comfortable making. It’s definitely tough from the other end, but I’m excited about my future.
How do you like playing in New York city? I’m still learning the subway. I definitely know how to take the train to the Tribeca area to get meals with some of the guys, but I definitely think without my phone I’d get lost.
What teams did you root for growing up? Besides the Rangers, I liked the Jets and the Mets. I was a big David Wright fan growing up.
How did it feel when you found out that you were a New York Ranger? I was definitely in a little bit of disbelief. It’s the team that I grew up rooting for. When I heard, I had to take a moment to take it in. It was definitely cool when I got that call. I’m very happy to be playing near my family & friends.
What drives you? I guess people that have helped me get to this point. It kinda motivates me to do well and know that they helped me get here. What do you think about your current team? We’re playing good hockey, right now. We started off the season a little slow but we’re starting to get our legs under us. I think we’re really hitting our stride.
What would you say is your on ice mentality? I always try to be calm. I try to be poised with the puck and make the right decision.
How do you feel about being one of the few Jewish hockey players? It’s definitely nice to represent a community, for sure.