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Adam Fox Wins 2021 James Norris Memorial Trophy

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Adam Fox has won the Norris Trophy, and in the process become only the second defenseman in NHL history to win the award before starting their third NHL season.

After finishing fourth in the Calder Trophy voting during his rookie season, Adam Fox took the NHL by storm this past season and ascended right to the top of the charts. In a season like no other that featured plenty of organizational dysfunction along the way, Fox rose to the forefront as one of the few bright spots on the season.

Despite a shortened 56-game schedule, Fox led all defensemen in assists with 42, and sat second overall in points behind Tyson Barrie with 47. Adam Fox also became the first Rangers defender to be nominated for the Norris trophy since Brian Leetch took home the award in 1996-97.

Aside from his point totals, Adam Fox was used as a clear-cut No. 1 defenseman all throughout the season, and led all Rangers’ skaters (24:42) in average ice time by more than three minutes. On top of his even-strength and power play production, Fox also operated as one of the team’s top penalty killers and helped the Rangers finish 10th overall in PK% with an 82.3% success rate. This achievement is a major one for Fox, and he deserves a ton of credit for the amazing season he just had.