Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Fox
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 North Bay Trappers ON-Jr.A 44 30 45 75 16
1975-76 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 4 3 3 6 0
1976-77 North Bay Trappers ON-Jr.A 38 44 64 108 4 19 13 25 38
1977-78 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 59 44 83 127 12 13 7 14 21 0
1978-79 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 53 37 66 103 4 4 2 1 3 2
1979-80 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 52 65 101 166 30 11 6 14 20 2
1979-80 Canada WJC-A 5 3 2 5 0
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 18 25 43 8 0 4 0 1 1 0
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 30 38 68 23 -15 9 1 4 5 0
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 28 40 68 8 -11
1983-84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 30 42 72 26 -12
1984-85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 30 53 83 10 +4 3 0 1 1 0
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 39 14 17 31 2 -9
1985-86 Canada WEC-A 10 3 2 5 4
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 19 42 61 48 -10 5 3 2 5 0
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 68 16 35 51 18 -7 1 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHLMGNT
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 1 1 2 0 -1
NHL Totals 578 186 293 479 143 22 4 8 12 0


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1980)
OMJHL MVP (1980)
Missed entire 1988-89 due to knee injury originally vs. Boston, March 10, 1988.