RALEIGH, NC – Bill Peters, head coach of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has named defenseman Justin Faulk as one of the team’s alternate captains for the 2015-16 season, joining Hurricanes captain Eric Staal and alternate captain Jordan Staal as the team’s players with letters on their jerseys designating their leadership positions on the team.
“Justin has emerged as an all-star player in this league and a leader in our dressing room. His leadership is on display every day in his commitment to his teammates, and carries through to his dedication to the organization and our community.” Peters said of Faulk being named an alternate captain for the Hurricanes this season.
The 23-year old Faulk is entering his fifth NHL season with Carolina. Last season, the South St. Paul, MN native established career highs in and led all Hurricanes defensemen in goals(15) assists(34), points(49), games played(82), and average time on ice(24:25). His 49 points in 2014-15 were the most in a single season by a Hurricanes defenseman since the franchise relocated to North Carolina in 1997. Faulk ranked in the top 20 among NHL blueliners in points(12th, 49), goals(t-6th, 15) game-winning goals(t-3rd, 4), power-play goals(t-3rd, 7), power-play points(t-12th, 20) shorthanded goals(t-6th, 2), and shots(4th, 238). Faulk was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star game and competed for Team Toews, led by Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews, at the event in Columbus, Ohio, where he earned two assists.
Selected by Carolina in the second round, 37th overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft, Faulk(6’0″, 215 lbs.) has scored 33 goals and earning 85 assists(118 points) in 262 career regular-season games with Carolina. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in his inaugural NHL season in 2011-12. Prior to turning pro, he captured the NCAA National Championship in 2011 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He represented his native United States in several international competitions, including the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation(IIHF) World under-18 championship, the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, the IIHF World Championships in 2012, 2013, and 2015, and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
During training camp, he and fellow Hurricanes American-born defensemen John-Michael Liles and James Wisniewski teamed up to the launch the Hurricanes “True Defenders” program. This new program will give members of the military and their families a full-game night experience at Hurricanes home games throughout the season, including tickets, parking, and a gift card for merchandise and concessions.
The Carolina Hurricanes will open up the 2015-16 campaign tomorrow night in Nashville, as they face-off against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena(8:00 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network), before opening up the home portion of the schedule on Saturday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh as they battle the Detroit Red Wings.