The NHL anounced New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox has been named a Norris Trophy finalist along with Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman and Colorado Avalanche Cale Makar.
New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox was named a Norris Trophy Finalist on Wednesday morning. The award is given annually to the defenseman voted to have demonstrated throughout the season the greatest all-around ability at the position.
April 30, 2019: Traded to #NYR.
May 2, 2019: Signed first pro contract.
June 9, 2021: Selected as a Norris Trophy Finalist.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 9, 2021
The 23-year-old finished second among defensemen in scoring with 47 points (five goals, 42 assists) and was plus-19 in 55 games. He led the New York Rangers in average ice time per game (24:42) andÂ was first among Rangers skaters in power-play ice time per game (3:45) and shorthanded ice time per game (2:36).
Fox has been compared to former Stanley Cup Champion Brian Leetch throughout his young career so it is no surprise to read that he would be the team’s first Norris Trophy winner since Leetch won the award in the 1996-’97 season.
The NHL has not set a definitive date as to when the winner will be announced other than to say it will happen during the semi-finals or Stankey Cup Finals.
Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi won the Norris Trophy last season.