Jim Fox (ice hockey)
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May 18, 1960 |
Coniston, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||Los Angeles Kings|
|NHL Draft||10th overall, 1980
Los Angeles Kings
Fox's road to the NHL started in the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League playing for the Ottawa 67's under head coach Brian Kilrea who, coincidentally, played for Los Angeles during their inaugural season. Fox was a dominant scorer for Ottawa and notched a league best 166 points in 52 games during the 1979-80 season which convinced Los Angeles to use a first round selection on Fox at the 1980 NHL Entry Draft held at the Montreal Forum.
Fox was able to use his skill and speed to crack the Los Angeles lineup for the 1980-81 season and finished his rookie campaign with a respectable 18 goals and 42 points for a strong Kings team which finished with a 43-24-13 record under head coach Bob Berry. Fox scored his first NHL goal against Gilles Gilbert of Detroit on October 11, 1980.
Fox played a critical role in the tying goal during the stunning Miracle on Manchester game against Edmonton in the 1982 playoffs, by stripping scoring superstar Wayne Gretzky of the puck in the dying moments of the third period before sending it to defenseman Mark Hardy whose point shot was blocked but pounced on by Steve Bozek who swatted the puck past Oilers goaltender Grant Fuhr to even the score at 5-5 after Los Angeles had trailed 5-0 after two periods. In 1984–85, his strongest season statistically, Fox managed over a point a game, finishing with 30-53-83 in 79 games. Knee injuries prematurely derailed his career, forcing him to retire at 29 after the realization his knees no longer allowed him to use the darting speed which had been the foundation of his success throughout his career. His final NHL goal was scored in St. Louis on October 21, 1989 against Blues goaltender Greg Millen.
He has been a TV color commentator for the Kings since 1990 and, until 2017, partners with Bob Miller on Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket. He had the honor of being one of the speakers when Miller was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. On January 25, 2016 Fox was rewarded for distinguished achievement in sports broadcasting and inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
In 2015, Jim Fox became acting League Commissioner of the LA Kings High School Hockey League, a newly formed league focusing on high school player development and competition. The LA Kings High School Hockey League is designed to continue the growth of ice hockey in Southern California and directly connect the sport to local communities and high schools. <http://www.lakleague.com/>.
A love for wines inspired Fox to study Enology through University of California, Los Angeles between 2006-2008, as well as Winemaking with University of California at Davis in 2014. He co-founded Patiné Cellars in 2011, which produces single vineyard designate pinot noir.
|1976–77||North Bay Trappers||OPJHL||38||44||64||108||4||19||13||25||38||—|
|1980–81||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||71||18||24||42||8||4||0||1||1||0|
|1981–82||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||77||30||38||68||23||9||1||4||5||0|
|1982–83||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||77||28||40||68||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||80||30||42||72||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||79||30||53||83||10||3||0||1||1||0|
|1985–86||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||39||14||17||31||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||76||19||42||61||48||5||3||2||5||0|
|1987–88||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||68||16||35||51||18||1||0||0||0||0|
|1989–90||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||11||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|