RALEIGH, NC – The National Hockey League announced today that Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk was named the Third Star of the Week for the week ending December 13th. Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, and Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers were named the league’s first and second stars respectively.
The 23-year old Faulk scored three goals and earned three assists(6 points) as Carolina won two of three road games this week. A native of South St. Paul, Minnesota lead all NHL skaters in power-play goals(12), becoming the first player in league history to score his first 12 goals of the year on the power-play. He already matched the franchise record for most power-play goals in a season by a defenseman(Risto Siltanen accomplished the feat during the 1983-84 season with Hartford), 30 games into the season. Faulk(6’0″, 215 lbs.) ranks first among NHL defensemen in goals(12) and power-play points(14), third in points with 25, and is tied for fourth in game-winning goals(2).
Drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round, 37th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Faulk has totaled 45 goals and earned 98 assists(143 points) in 292 career NHL games, all with Carolina. He appeared in his first-ever NHL All-Star game last year, and represented his native United States in a dozen international tournaments, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Hurricanes wrap up their four-game road trip on Tuesday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network), before they return home to PNC Arena in Raleigh on Friday to take on the Florida Panthers(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).