This story was originally posted on www.nypost.com featuring 2019 Hobey Baker Award finalist Adam Fox.
By Brett Cyrgalis
There is the Bruce and Tammy Fox from Jericho, L.I., via Queens, who had those Rangers’ season tickets from 1972-2009, first row right above the old Budweiser sign in Section 55 (or Section 1, depending on the year).
Then there is the Bruce and Tammy Fox, father and mother to Adam Fox, the kid who unpredictably made it off Long Island and to the U.S. Developmental Program in Michigan before getting into Harvard, getting drafted by the Flames in the third round, getting his rights traded to the Hurricanes, and eventually getting traded to his hometown Rangers.
Now that Adam has signed with the Rangers and has his name penciled in to the opening-day lineup, the parents find themselves in a strange juxtaposition. To be a fan and to be a parent of a player in professional sports are two very different things, and not the easiest to reconcile.
“You want to know the truth?” Bruce said over the phone this week, his passion coming through as clearly as his emails did to writers covering the team over the past decade. “I just want him to go where there is an opportunity for him to play. I think any father in my spot would want that. That’s the most important thing.”
Adam Fox, 21, is a slick-skating, cerebral defenseman, a righty-shot who plays a two-way game. Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton traded a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick for his rights in April, when it was clear he wasn’t a good fit in Carolina because the Hurricanes are loaded with young defensemen. And now the opportunity abounds for Fox, with the right side of the Blueshirts’ blueline even more open after the club bought out the final two years of Kevin Shattenkirk’s deal.
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