9:20PM: Adam Fox met with the media following his Norris Trophy win and said (NHL):
- On the coaching change and have you spoken with Coach Quinn, “Obviously those type of decisions are for the higher-ups, but coaching staff and management, everyone involved is helpful in where I’m at and giving me the opportunity to play and showcase what I can do and that is important for any player. I think Coach Quinn trusted me and I’m grateful for that. We’ve kept in touch a little bit, he congratulated me and I wish him the best, but those type of business decisions are not for me to make and I wish those guys the best, but for any player to have success it’s a team effort and those guys definitely played a role in it.”
- On the Rangers taking the next step, “I think there is a lot of excitement around what we can do. We have young guys that are becoming a little more seasoned in playing in the NHL and it helps the growth of our team and we have a lot of great leaders and guys who have been around and young guys who are understanding how to win. I think it’s definitely a bright future for us and we are all really excited to get going next year and showcase what we can do.”
7:47 PM: Adam Fox has won the 2020-21 Norris Trophy which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”
The award was announced by two-time Norris Trophy winner Brian Leetch.
Fox had five goals and 42 assists in 55 games and led defensemen in assists, ranked second in points, PP assists and PP points.
Fox was also named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team for this season.
The voting broke down as:
- Adam Fox: 743 points (40 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes, 17 third-place votes, 6 fourth-place votes, and 5 fifth-place votes.)
- Cale Makar: 655 points (31 first-place votes, 30 second-place votes, 22 third-place votes, 7 fourth-place votes, 4 fifth-place votes)
- Victor Hedman: 433 points (22 first-place votes, 12 second-place votes, 16 third-place votes, 13 fourth-place votes, 10 fifth-place votes.)
Fox was named on 99 of the 100 ballots submitted by the Pro Hockey Writers Association.
Fox spoke with Leetch after it was announced and said:
- On growing up a Rangers fan, “It’s definitely to have my friends and family come see me play, it’s definitely a privilege for me to play for the Rangers and to have you, former Ranger and Norris winner, present me the award is special. I know the history and your history as a Ranger and thankful to have this opportunity.”
- Who do you want to thank, “Too many people to thank from growing up and youth hockey coaches and skill coaches, skating coaches and everyone who helped me get to this point and the Rangers organization allowing me to play and giving me the opportunity and my teammates, it’s an individual award, but without those guys none of it is possible. My mom and dad sacrificed a lot to allow me to play hockey and afford me all the opportunity and my brothers, my biggest fans, without those guys none of this is possible and just truly grateful to win this award.”
To: Our Norris Trophy winner @foxyclean
From: The boys pic.twitter.com/eqXfWD5Qfs
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 30, 2021
Congrats @foxyclean on winning the Norris!!! You crushed it brotha, no one more deserving.
— K'Andre Miller (@kandre_miller) June 30, 2021
From the NHL: “The 23-year-old Jericho, N.Y., native was the Rangers’ first Norris Trophy finalist since 1996-97, when Brian Leetch won the award for the second time (also 1991-92 w/ NYR), and is the fourth player in franchise history to capture the trophy, after Leetch, Harry Howell (1966-67) and Doug Harvey (1961-62). He also is the second defenseman in League history to take home the award in his second NHL season (or earlier), after Bobby Orr accomplished the feat in 1967-68 (2nd NHL season w/ BOS).”
From the Rangers:
- Fox becomes the fourth Ranger to win the Norris Trophy since it was first presented in 1953-54, joining Doug Harvey (1961-62), Harry Howell (1966-67), and Brian Leetch (1991-92 and 1996-97).
- In addition, Fox becomes only the second defenseman in NHL history to win the Norris Trophy in one of his first two seasons in the league, joining Bobby Orr (Orr won the award in his second NHL season in 1967-68).
- Fox also becomes the fourth American defenseman in NHL history to win the Norris Trophy, joining Rod Langway (1982-83 and 1983-84), Chris Chelios (1988-89, 1992-93, and 1995-96), and Leetch (1991-92 and 1996-97).
- Fox was named the Rangers’ Most Valuable Player and was selected as the winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award this past season.
- He became the fourth defenseman in franchise history to average at least 0.75 assists per game in a season (min. 10 games played), joining Brian Leetch (four times), Brad Park, and Sergei Zubov, and he became the first Rangers defenseman to do so since Leetch in 1995-96.
- Fox also became the eighth defenseman in franchise history to average at least 0.85 points per game in a season (min. 10 games played), joining Leetch (nine times), Park (four times), Ron Greschner (four times), Zubov (twice), Reijo Ruotsalainen (twice), James Patrick (twice), and Barry Beck, and he became the first Rangers defenseman to do so since Leetch in 2000-01.
- Fox was the first NHL defenseman who led all defensemen in assists in one of his first two seasons in the league since Sergei Zubov in 1993-94; he and Zubov are the only NHL defensemen who have outright led NHL defensemen in assists while in one of their first two seasons in the league since 1925-26.
- Fox was the only NHL player who logged at least 200:00 of power play ice time and at least 140:00 of shorthanded ice time in 2020-21.
- Among the 49 NHL defensemen who logged at least 115:00 of shorthanded ice time during the season, Fox ranked ninth in power play goals against per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time (5.45).
Adam Rotter: The NHL sort of gave it away when they said that Brian Leetch was going to announce the winner, but it was nice that the last Ranger to win the Norris announced the next one. Fox may already be the best Ranger defenseman since Brian Leetch and this won’t be the last time that he follows in the footsteps of Leetch. Hopefully he also follows as Conn Smythe winner sometime soon.
Fox was the Rangers best player this season and was very deserving of this award. I thought he was going to finish second behind Cale Makar, but Fox came out on top in what will surely be a battle between the two for many years to come. Fox took on a huge role in his second season. David Quinn used him all the time and in every situation and until the last couple of week, when the wheels fell off for the whole team, he was outstanding. He and Ryan Lindgren have formed a pair that should form the Rangers top defense pair for, at least, the next 5-7 years. Fox still has one-year left on his entry level deal, but the sooner they get him locked up long-term the better. It will be costly, possibly $10 million per-year, on an eight-year deal, but he will be worth it. Jeff Gorton did a lot to put the Rangers in the position they are in, but it’s very possible that acquiring Fox will eclipse acquiring Mika Zibanejad as his best move.