Rangers’ Adam Fox wins 2020-21 Norris Trophy over Cale Makar, Victor Hedman | Launderer report
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New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox won the 2020-2021 James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman.
The 23-year-old beat a stiff competition for honor, being chosen against Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the Norris in 2018.
In his second season in the NHL alone, Fox quickly established himself as a top player on both ends of the ice.
In 55 regular season games, he registered five goals and 42 assists for 47 points. He also posted a plus-19 rating and an average of 24:42 ice time per game.
Among defenders, Fox ranked first in assists, second in points behind only Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tyson Barrie is 48th and 11th on average on the ice.
Fox was also a power-play star, finishing with 23 points on the power-play, which was tied with Barrie for second among defensemen, just one behind Hedman’s 24.
Fox was a third-round pick for the Calgary Flames in 2016, but his rights were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2018. Carolina then returned his rights to the Rangers in 2019 for a second-round pick.
The former Harvard star quickly established himself as the Rangers’ top defenseman, racking up 42 points and a plus-22 differential during his rookie campaign in 2019-20.
Fox finished fourth in the Calder Trophy standings as rookie of the year behind two defensemen Makar and Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks as well as Chicago Blackhawks forward Dominik Kubalik.
Just a year later, the Jericho, New York native passed Makar and Hughes, and he was recognized as the top defenseman in the NHL.
Fox is Norris’ youngest winner since Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban won him at the age of 23 in 2013, and he is the first Rangers player to receive the honor since Brian Leetch in 1997.