Adam Fox leaves Harvard, signs with New York Rangers

Fox, 21, finished the NCAA season as the nation's top scorer.

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Harvard defenseman Adam Fox will end his collegiate career after signing with the New York Rangers Thursday. –The Associated Press

When Adam Fox did not sign with the Carolina Hurricanes after Harvard was eliminated from the NCAA tournament in March, there was speculation that he would return to school for one more season of skating with the Crimson.

But when the Hurricanes traded his rights to the New York Rangers earlier this week, those hopes were soon dashed. On Thursday, the Rangers made it official, announcing that they had signed the ECAC Player of the Year and Hobey Baker finalist to an entry-level contract.

Fox (nine goals, 39 assists in 33 games) finished last season as the top scorer in the country with 1.45 points per game. He finished his Harvard career with 116 points (21 goals, 95 assists) in 97 games and was a three-time First Team All-American.

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On Wednesday, Fox was named to the US men’s national team that will compete in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia, from May 10-26.

Late in the season, Harvard coach Ted Donato was asked about what Fox meant to the program.

“I’m always reluctant to really go deep into it while a guy’s still here, but I think we’re watching one of the best players that has worn our jersey,’’ said Donato. “He’s been tremendous. He makes others around him better. He’s very underrated defensively. He never really gets down. He keeps the bench positive and confident. He’s a heck of a player.’’

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Fox, who is from Jericho, N.Y.

“I grew up a big Rangers fan, and to have the opportunity to hopefully suit up for them is definitely special for me,’’ Fox said in a statement.

The Rangers are in the midst of a rebuild, having finished 20 points out of the playoffs, and are coached by former Boston University coach David Quinn.