10 Nov GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK RANGERS – JEWISH ADAM FOX
The New York Rangers and Adam Fox, have agreed to a historic contract extension. Fox, 23, signed a seven-year deal, taking him through the 2028-29 season. The average annual value of the contract is $9.5 million against the NHL salary cap. He’s in the last year of his entry-level contract this season. The $66.5 million deal is the largest contract in NHL history for a defenseman leaving his entry-level deal. Fox has 98 points in his first 134 games, putting together two outstanding seasons with the Rangers. Fox was fourth in the rookie of the year voting for 2019-20. Last season, he won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman with 47 points in 55 games.
Name: Adam Fox
Born: February 17, 1998 (age 23)
in Jericho, New York
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Weight: 181 lb
NHL Draft: 66th overall, 2016 Calgary Flames
College: Harvard University
Congratulations on the new contract!! How does it feel to know that you are getting that type of money with your hometown team, the New York Rangers?
I am very happy to have it done & know that I can now just focus on playing hockey.
Growing up in Jericho, Nassau County, 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 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.
What are you most proud of, your defense or offense?
I probably would say my defense. It’s always fun to score, but I’m most proud of my defense because of my size.
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 did it feel to win the NHL’s 2020-21 Norris Trophy?
It’s special. I’ve been throwing that word around a lot the past few weeks and I just think it’s accurate for how I feel. Those are two of the greatest defensemen ever Brian Leetch and Bobby Orr, and if you hear your name with those guys, it’s always going to be a special thing to hear.
Did you have a Bar Mitzvah?
Do you fast on Yom Kippur?
Usually. Unless there is a game that day.
Did you know that you are the first Jewish person to ever win a major award in the NHL?
I did not know that. But it’s very cool! It’s obviously something I take a lot of pride in. t’s definitely nice to represent a community, for sure.