Tuesday, August 23, 2011

...In with the new

Brahmas sign forward T.J. Fox to 2011-12 roster

The Texas Brahmas have announced the signing of fifth-year pro forward T.J. Fox to the 2011-12 roster. Fox, 27, played for the Hannover Indians in the German Oberliga last season where he registered 31 points (14 G, 17 A) and 69 penalty minutes in 47 regular season games.

“T.J. will bring great offensive depth for us and will undoubtedly be a great addition on the roster,” Brahmas Head Coach Dan Wildfong said.

The 6', 1" 196-pound native of Oswego, New York began his junior hockey career with the Syracuse Junior Crunch (OPJHL). In 94 games over two seasons (1999-01), Fox tallied 54 points (30 G, 24 A) and 55 PIM.

Fox spent the next three seasons in the USHL, playing in 2002-03 with the Green Bay Gamblers and in 2003-05 with the Chicago Steel. During these three seasons, Fox accumulated 83 points (35 G, 48 A) and 176 PIM in 148 regular season games. He added six points (3 G, 3 A) and 12 PIM in 12 post-season contests. He was named to the 2005 USHL All-Star Game.

In 2005, Fox committed to Union College (ECAC), where he played with the Dutchmen for the next two seasons. In 66 games, he totaled 57 points (21 G, 36 A) and 88 PIM. He was named team MVP after he contributed 37 points (13 G, 34 A), which tied a school record, during the 2006-07 campaign. In March of 2007, signed a two-year contract with the San Jose Sharks (NHL) organization.

Fox was assigned to the Worcester Sharks (AHL) and in 150 regular season games over the next two seasons, he tallied 42 points (19 G, 23 A) and 48 PIM. He added three goals and four penalty minutes in nine contests during the 2009 Calder Cup playoffs.

The following season, with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), Fox put up his best numbers to date - 60 points (26 G, 34 A) and 42 PIM in 64 contests. He was also called up to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for four games.

Here's a video of an awesome game-winning goal by Fox from his days at Union College (start at the :55 second mark if you don't want to watch the lead-in)

Here's a video of a 2009 fight between Fox and the Norfolk Admiral's Blair Jones. (Gotta love the announcer's enthusiasm on this one!)

Photo Credit: Mark Mauno

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