Rangers' Adam Fox Becomes The Second Fastest NHL Defenseman To Thirty Career Playoff Assists

Fox joins exclusive company recording his 30th career playoff assist.
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On Tuesday night, Adam Fox became the second-fastest NHL defenseman to record 30 career Stanley Cup playoff assists in 36 playoff games played.

The 26-year-old rearguard recorded the 30th playoff assist of his NHL career on an Alexis Lafreniere game-tying goal 7:32 into the second period.

The fastest to do so was arguably the Ranger's best player of all time, Brian Leetch, who accomplished the feat in 34 games played.

The Jericho native has four points this post-season, all assists, in the club's six games played. No.23 has been an integral piece to the Rangers' rise to contention, recording 35 points (five goals, 30 assists) in 36 playoff games.

In 2022, Fox helped the Rangers reach the ECF by notching 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) establishing himself as a legitimate threat on the blue line in not only the regular season but the playoffs as well.

Despite the Rangers toug 2023 ECQF loss to the New Jersey Devil , Fox dished out eight asissts in the seven game series.

Fox is the Ranger's best defender since Brian Leetch, already seventh all-time for Rangers defensemen in regular-season career points (308), and fifth in club history in playoff points as a defender (35).

In 2021, Adam Fox took home the Steven McDonald Extra Effort and his first James Norris Memorial Trophy. He became the second youngest NHL defenseman ever to win the award, behind Bobby Orr in (1968).

Fox emerged as an NHL caliber blue liner in 2019-202 where he recorded 42 points (eight goals, 34 assists), the team losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanely Cup Playoff Qualifying Round following the season's cancellation.

Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft (66th overall), Fox was dealt with Dougie Hamilton and Michael Ferland to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Flames acquiring Noah Hanifin, and Elias Lindholm on June 23rd, 2018.

Fox refused to sign with the Hurricanes following his final season at Harvard, Carolina trading him to the Rangers on April 30th, 2019 for a 2019 second-round pick, and a 2020 conditional draft pick. He made the team the next season out of training camp.

At Harvard, Adam Fox recorded 116 career points in 97 career games. He was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 2017 and helped the Crimson win the Beanpot Tournament for the first time since 1993 as well as an ECAC Championship.

He was named to the NCAA First-All-American Team as a junior. He is the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach the 100-point plateau.