MOLINE, IL — While the Quad City Mallards are on the road, it’s time to look back at a former Mallard player to see where life and hockey have taken them since leaving the Flock. Today we’ll be looking at Justin Fox, who last appeared for the Mallards in their inaugural ECHL season in 2014-15. Along the way, there’ll be some more names thrown in, as Mallards seem to flock together.
Fox began his professional career with the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL, and that is where he has returned after five years away. The Mallards had signed Fox away from the Havoc in January of 2014, and he went on to score 12 goals with four assists in 33 games for the Mallards. The following season, Fox amassed 23 goals with 35 assists in 71 games, as well as adding two goals and two assists in the playoffs. He was second only to Mario Lamoureux in points scored in the 2014-15 season. That July, Fox announced his move to the Fife Flyers of the EIHL, joined by two other Mallards from the same squad – Jeff Lee and Nicolas Rioux. Also in Fife was 2010-11 and 2011-12 Mallards’ netminder David Brown, who after that season returned to his hometown of Stoney Creek, ON to play for the Stoney Creek Generals of the Allen Cup Hockey league.
While with the Fife Flyers for two seasons, he led in points the first season with 51 (22G, 29A) in 52 games. In his second season with the oldest Scottish hockey team, he scored 19 times with 26 assists, but only played 47 games. Fox tried to get back into the ECHL ranks this off-season, signing a contract with the Kalamazoo Wings. However, he only played two preseason games with the Michigan-based team before heading back overseas.
The Dundee Stars, also of the EIHL, was Fox’s next stop. With the Stars, he played 16 games with four goals and six assists and was reunited with former Mallards teammate Gabriel Levesque. Levesque had played one season for the Mallards in 2013-14, totaling 20 goals and 18 assists in 59 games. On January 2, however, the Havoc announced that Fox was returning to Alabama.
“When I walked inside, that’s where I saw a lot of changes. The facilities are top notch and have improved so much. I’m excited to be back and look forward to contributing to the success of the team,” Fox said, in a Havoc press release announcing his return.
Since his return to Huntsville, Fox has averaged a point per game, scoring four goals with five assists in nine appearances. Where the man who has played on three continents – oh, did I forget to mention him playing in Australia the summer of 2014? – where Fox winds up next is a mystery.