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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 18--Jim Fox

Jim Fox

Selected in first round by Los Angeles Kings number 10 overall in the 1980 NHL Draft.

Jim Fox spent over eight years with the Los Angeles Kings in the 1980s. He was known for his quickness and pinpoint passes which helped him finish his career with nearly 300 assists. Though only 5'8" he took a hit well and was not intimidated on the ice.

Scored goal in his first NHL game. The goal, at 11:35 of the third period, beat Detroit goaltender Gilles Gilbert on Oct. 11, 1980.

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. As for goal scoring, Fox possessed a deadly wrist shot, but most of his goals came from in close.

Defensively Fox was pretty good too. He 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.

All in all, Jim Fox was a nice player. Its too bad his knee injury cut his career short just as better days were ahead in Los Angeles.

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Received these blue ink signed cards IP.

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