Adam Fox, a Jewish hockey player with the New York Rangers, was named on Tuesday the winner of the 2020-21 James Norris Memorial Trophy.
The trophy is giving annually to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) top defenseman and Fox, 23, has become the first Jewish player to win a major NHL award.
Fox led NHL defensemen with 42 assists while finishing second in points with 47.
He added, “I just tried to play my best game-in and game-out and help the team win. I think personal success comes from that. The next step is just team success.”
When asked by the New York Post in 2019 about being one of the few Jewish athletes in the NHL, he said, “It’s definitely nice to represent a community, for sure.”