Greatest Hockey Legends: Jim Fox

Fox stood just 5’8″ though was built solidly at 185 lbs. Despite his lack of size the Kings drafted the right winger 10th overall in the 1980 Entry Draft following three straight 100+ point seasons in the OHA. In his final year with the Ottawa 67s, he led the entire league with 101 assists and [...] 65 goals in just 52 games! [...]

Fox blew out his knee, [costing] him the entire 1988-89 season, which was unfortunate. That was Wayne Gretzky’s first year in La-La-Land, and with Fox’s speed he may have been a good match on The Great One’s right side. [...]

Fox was [...] blessed with speed and a low center of gravity. That made him hard to knock off the puck despite his size. [...] He was pretty effective in the corners and along the boards despite being half a foot smaller than his opponents. [...]

Offensively Fox saw the ice very well, although he probably passed the puck a bit too much for his coaches’ liking. He was also pretty predictable in that he would cross the blue line and then pull up while his teammates jumped ahead of him into the offensive zone. [...] Fox possessed a deadly wrist shot, but most of his goals came from in close.

[...] Fox was [...] very conscious of his defensive duties and used his above average anticipation skills to his advantage. He was used more and more as a defensive forward as his career wound down.

[...] It’s too bad his knee injury cut his career short just as better days were ahead in Los Angeles.

via Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Jim Fox.