Six Questions with Former LA Kings Forward Jim Fox
LAKings.com's "Six Questions" series continues with Kings alumni. For the first installment, Los Angeles Kings television color commentator and former Kings right wing Jim Fox answered six questions about his time on the Kings, his advice for the current team and his love for the weather in Los Angeles.
|Jim Fox has been a part of the Kings organization for 29 years as a player, staff member and broadcaster.
A member of the team when they performed the "Miracle on Manchester," Fox played for the Kings from 1980-90, tallying 479 points (186-293= 479) before a knee injury suffered against Boston on March 10, 1988 finally ended his career. The Kings' 1st round choice, 10th overall, in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, Fox played all 578 games of his NHL career in a Kings uniform. Fox volunteered in the front office during the 1988-89 season while he was out rehabbing from surgery on both of his knees, helping to develop the charitable arm of the organization, known today as the Kings Care Foundation. After his playing days were over, Fox joined Kings broadcaster Bob Miller as color commentator on the FS West and PRIME TICKET broadcasts, a position he has held for 19 years. For more of Fox's history with the Kings, read this article.
LAKings.com: What is your favorite moment from your time on the Kings?
Jim Fox: It was beating the Oilers in the 1982 playoffs. We were huge underdogs, actually I believe we finished 48 points behind them in the regular season standings (nothing to brag about). This was the series in which the Miracle on Manchester was played. Winning the deciding game in Edmonton was a great feeling, because no one thought we had a chance but us. I remember Mike Murphy saying after our afternoon meeting, that if we follow the game plan, we would win “relatively easily" and that’s exactly what happened.
LAKings.com: What was the best perk of playing hockey in Los Angeles?
Jim Fox: For someone who grew up in cold northern Ontario, it will always be the weather. Some people felt it was a distraction, but I always felt it was a positive. Who wouldn’t want to do well here in this beautiful environment?
LAKings.com: If you could give one piece of advice to the current Kings team, what would it be?
Jim Fox: Don’t be reading too many articles about where they are expected to finish, improve on the steps they took last year and continue to focus on defense until the offense comes around.
LAKings.com: If you could go back and change something about your career, what would it be?
Jim Fox: I would take a little more time off after my first knee surgery. When you are playing, there is always that urgency to get back as quick as possible, but sometimes you need to heal. It is tough to see the big picture when you are playing, but maybe a slower recovery and rehab after my first surgery would have allowed me to come back.
LAKings.com: If you could play on a line with a member of the Kings, past or present roster, who would it be and why?
Jim Fox: First of all, I feel fortunate to play with the players I played with, especially my centers Bernie Nicholls and Terry Ruskowski. I would have loved to play with Dave Taylor, but since we both played the same position, I never got a chance to play “with him.” I would have loved to join in on a fore-check with him and benefit from his non-stop work-ethic and toughness.
LAKings.com: What is one sentence that describes your time on the Kings?
Jim Fox: So many great friends, not enough wins.
Fox will join former Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey and former Kings forward Ray Ferraro in a special “NHL Experts Panel” at LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, a new three-day interactive festival celebrating the Kings and the game of hockey from August 28-30. The NHL Experts Panel will be one of seven special programming series that will be a part of the event.
LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 will feature Kings’ players, coaches, alumni, hockey dignitaries, special Kings’ merchandise, hockey memorabilia, special Q&A sessions with players and autograph sessions. All activities and events during the LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 will take place at LA Live in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.