Monday, July 29, 2013

7/29-Michael Horn and Nicole Nielsen talk with Jim Fox & Beth Costa

FoxJim 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.

Winding through some of the most picturesque wine country in California, Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County, takes visitors on a sensually gratifying journey of natural beauty, sublime tasting experiences and memorable personal encounters with the state’s most devoted and individualistic winemakers. Even for veteran wine travelers already well acquainted with California wine country, Wine Road is likely to be uncharted territory, sure to imbue a fresh sense of discovery. Along the way are some of California’s oldest wineries, run by vintners whose commitment to tending the vines and producing world-class wines, true to the appellation, runs back generations.

Founded more than 30 years ago, Wine Road is an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys of Northern Sonoma County. From its modest beginning as an organization of nine wineries, it has grown into a spirited constellation of more than 150 wineries and 50 lodgings. It’s not actually a “road” in the sense of a single, continuous stretch of paved highway, but more of a treasure map to the many jewels nestled among the hills and valleys of a region where fresh air, fine wine and exquisite cuisine await those who traverse it.

This lively and committed organization has created a myriad of programs, events and services certain to enhance any visitor’s experience of the region, among them three major events: Winter Wineland, Barrel Tasting and A Wine & Food Affair (schedules and more information can be found at A complimentary Wine Road map is the key to exploring the glories of the area and is also available online at The area is nothing if not rich in history. The Russian River takes its name from the Russian fur trappers who established a trading colony in the early nineteenth century, and following on their heels were French and Italian immigrants who brought their own centuries-old traditions of winemaking to the area. Wine has been made in Sonoma County for over 130 years. Even during the Prohibition years (1920-1933) many wineries continued to make wine for medicinal and sacramental purposes.

The Russian River itself meanders among three AVAs of vineyards that, combined, represent a pastiche of micro-climates and soils that yield a startling diversity of ultra-premium varietals. To be sure, each appellation has its stars: Russian River Valley’s are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; Dry Creek Valley is known for its Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc; and Alexander Valley is known for its Cabernet and Merlot. But literally dozens of other international varietals are grown in all of these regions, including Barbera, Carignane, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Grenache, Reisling and Gewürztraminer, just to name a few.

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