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Rangers’ Adam Fox wins 1st Norris Trophy as NHL’s best defender

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New York Rangers star Adam Fox won his first career Norris Trophy after an impressive sophomore season from the blue line.

Victor Hedman of Lightning and Cale Makar of Avalanche were also finalists for the award given to “defender who demonstrates the greatest ability in all respects at the position throughout the season.”

The 23-year-old Fox finished among the top scorers on the blue line this season with 42 assists and 47 points, leading the league, one behind the league-leading sum of Oiler Tyson Barrie. Fox was a fixture in all situations for the Rangers this season, averaging 24:42 of ice time per game, including 3:45 minutes on the power play and 2:35 on penalty.

This is the fifth time a Rangers defender has won the Norris Trophy and the first since Brian Leetch won two in 1992 and 1997. Leetch virtually presented the award to Fox, who thanked his friends and family for helping him get there. point.

“There are definitely too many people to thank just for growing up, youth hockey coaches, youth skills coaches, skating coaches and everyone who helped me get to this point,” Fox said. Rangers for allowing me to play and giving me the opportunity. And of course my teammates, it’s an individual award, but without those guys none of that is possible. “

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