2016 NHL Draft: Adam Fox From Long Island to the NTDP and Beyond

    Photo: Russ Cohen

    Twenty years ago Long Island wasn’t considered a hockey hotbed. Shortly after that prospects like Rob Scuderi (134th overall in 1998), Mike Komisarek (7th overall in 2001), Chris Higgins (14th overall in 2002), and Eric Nystrom (10th overall pick in 2002), emerged and changed the landscape. Since then high profile players like Brandon Sutter (11th overall in 2007), Sonny Milano (16th overall in 2014) and Jeremy Bracco (61st overall in 2015) have all been drafted. One of the next to be added to this list could very well be defenseman, Adam Fox.

    “Long Island hockey has definitely picked up. There have been some great players coming out of there. Sonny Milano, Jeremy Bracco. It’s really growing on Long Island and they’re building some new rinks out there,” said Fox. “It’s good for the kids right now to be able to look up to some good hockey players.”

    Standing at 5-10, 183 pounds the Jericho, New York native, isn’t the ideal size, although at 17 he could still grow, but he makes up for that with some other intangibles including a good hockey I.Q.

    “I did play a year of high school hockey,” he revealed. “In public school. It wasn’t anything big but it was fun. I’ve also played for the Long Island Gulls with Bracco and Charlie McAvoy (2016 draft eligible). It was a fun experience to grow up like that and see where we all are now. It’s really cool to see.”

    Currently a member of the NTDP and a silver medal winner in the Five Nations tournament this year he has his sights set on gold in the U-18’s.

    “I’m looking forward to the Worlds in April, the U-18, That’s what we’re working for everyday. Playing teams in the USHL and colleges this year should be good competition. Our end goal is to win gold there so we’re just preparing for it everyday,” Fox added.

    Fox is a good skater who was playing on the top paring for Team Roenick at the 2015 All American Prospects game in Buffalo, New York. His team won and he was on the ice for more than a few goals.

    As a 2016 Harvard commit he will be able to get a great education as well as playing ECAC hockey. A conference that has gotten very competitive over the past 5 seasons. The Kitchener Rangers did pick him as their 8th selection in 2014 but he chose to go the college route so far.

    Fox will be hoping to hear his name called at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo this June.

    by Russ Cohen