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.
Born in Coniston, Ontario, Fox starred with the junior B North Bay Trappers for two seasons before joining the Ottawa 67's of the OHA. One of the most prolific scorers in league history, Fox reached the 100-point mark in each of his three seasons in Bytown. During his last year of junior he formed a potent line with Yvan Joly and Sean Simpson and led the OHA with 166 points. That winter he also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships and finished second to Dino Ciccarelli in team scoring. Fox's superb 1979-80 season was capped off by his selection 10th overall by the Los Angeles Kings at the NHL Entry Draft.
Fox adapted well to the NHL in 1980-81 with 43 points and earned respect by only drawing four minor penalties all season. Rather than experience the sophomore jinx, Fox registered his first of three 30-goal seasons in 1981-82 and helped the Kings shock the heavily favoured Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the playoffs. The clever pivot scored 118 goals in four seasons between 1981-82 and 1984-85.
A disc injury in his back and a troubled hip caused Fox to miss half the 1985-86 season. He managed to score 31 points in 39 games and helped Canada win the bronze medal at that year's World Championships. Fox's production decreased slightly in 1986-87 and 1987-88 but in the first of those seasons he was L.A.'s best player in a first round playoff loss to the mighty Oilers. A severe knee injury kept Fox out of the 1988-89 season but he volunteered to lead the club's community relations department. The next year he was only able to play eleven games before he retired. After hanging up his skates Fox continued to represent the Kings in the community arranging appearances for players and executives and helping out with a number of public relations initiatives.