TELEVISION COLOR ANALYST
All-Time Kings Broadcasters
Jim Fox is in his 23rd season as the Kings’ television color commentator, joining Bob Miller in the booth for club broadcasts on FS West.
Eighth on the Kings’ all-time scoring list, eighth in assists and ninth in goals with 479 points (186-293=479) in 578 games, Fox spent his entire 10-year career as a member of the Kings after being selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. A three time 30-goal scorer, Fox enjoyed his most productive season in 1984-85 when he recorded 83 points (30-53=83), and in 22 career playoff games with the Kings, Fox had 12 points (4-8=12). Over his playing career with the Kings, Fox also holds the distinction of playing the second most games -- starting, ending and only with the Kings (Dave Taylor holds the mark).
Prior to becoming a King, Fox enjoyed a standout junior career with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). As the club’s captain during the 1979-80 campaign, Fox scored at least one point in every game, including preseason, regular season and the playoffs, and he was a finalist for the Canadian Jr. Player of the Year after earning OHL Most Valuable Player and Leading Scorer awards.
Internationally, Fox represented Canada at the World Junior Championship in Helsinki (1979-80) and he also earned a bronze medal at the World Championship in Moscow in 1986.
Upon retirement as a player in 1990, Fox became Director of Community Relations for the Kings, a position he held until 1994. During that time, he was responsible for creating the Kings Care Foundation and annual Foundation events such as Tip-A-King, the team’s charity golf tournament and the Kings Youth Hockey Camp.
He remains one of the strongest forces in the Kings community development and charitable efforts, as a special ambassador, and he spends an enormous amount of time supporting and developing programs that benefit the children of our community, while also sitting on the board of the Kings Care Foundation and the Los Angeles Kings Alumni Association.
Fox, 52 (5/18/60), a wine lover, has participated as a judge in the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Los Angeles County Fair “Wines of the World,” both international wine-tasting competitions. In March 2013, Fox, along with winemaker Mike Smith, will release a 2011 vintage, Sonoma Coast (AVA) “Gap’s Crown Vineyard” Pinot Noir under the brand name “Patiné Cellars.” Patiné is French for “has skated!”
Fox played himself in the popular 1999 movie “Mystery, Alaska,” and he was the first Kings recipient of the club’s Community Service Award (1988-89). Since 2003, Fox has also served as honorary co-chairman of the Newport Sports Museum Golf Classic and in September of 2012 he hosted the 2nd annual “Sunset Sip wine tasting fundraiser” to benefit “The Guidance Center.”
During the summer of 2005, Fox worked as a co-teacher of “Know the Score: Sports Public Relations,” an extension course at UCLA. In addition to his duties in the broadcasting booth, Fox has also served as the co-host of the Los Angeles-area Emmy Award-winning “Kings Live” (previously known as “Break the Ice”) pre-game show on FSN West for several seasons.
In the October 2, 2006, issue of Sports Illustrated, Fox was named the best analyst in hockey, and in February of 2007, Fox was named as the best TV color commentator in Southern California by the Los Angeles Daily News and columnist Tom Hoffarth, an honor Fox has enjoyed 13 of the last 14 years. In 2008, the Southern California Sports Broadcasters honored him with the top Pre and Post Game Shows commentator award and in 2009, 2011 and 2012 he was awarded the Television Analyst award.
Also, on February 11, 2006, the Kings held “Jim Fox Day” at STAPLES Center, and Fox was honored on the ice before a game for his 25 years of service to the organization as a player and broadcaster.
From 2005-08, Fox also worked for NHL Radio through the Stanley Cup Finals, as well as working as a studio playoff analyst for Yahoo! Sports from 2006-09.
A native of Coniston, Ontario, Jim is a resident of Redondo Beach with his wife Susie. This past summer he co-hosted (for the fifth straight year) with Dave Taylor for the Cystic Fibrosis Golf Classic, the 24th installment of the annual event that raised more than $235,000 and is now at $4,500,000 since its inception.