Staal and Faulk named Canes co-captains for 2017-18 season; Skinner named alternate captain

RALEIGH, NC – After weeks of waiting and debate, the Carolina Hurricanes finally announced their captains for the 2017-18 season, and they have decided to go with Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk to serve as co-captains, with Jeff Skinner serving as the team’s alternate captain full-time, as announced by Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters earlier today.

In 401 career NHL games, all with Carolina, the 25-year old Faulk has totaled 192 points(66g, 126a).  A native of South St. Paul, Minnesota, Faulk was drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round, 37th overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Staal, 29, has appeared in 764 career games with Pittsburgh and Carolina, while appearing in 333 games with the Hurricanes since being acquired from the Penguins.  He has scored 187 goals and earned 249 assists(436 points) in his NHL career, and entering his sixth season with Carolina, Staal, who is a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada, has totaled 188 points(67g, 121 assists).  Pittsburgh selected Staal in the first round, second overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and Carolina acquired Staal from Pittsburgh on June 22, 2012.

Fan-favorite Jeff Skinner, 25, will enter his first season as a full-time alternate captain for the Hurricanes, and in 497 career NHL games with Carolina, he has scored 180 goals to go with 150 assists(330 points).  The Markham, Ontario native was selected by the Hurricanes in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft.

The Carolina Hurricanes will open up it’s 20th season of NHL hockey in North Carolina on Saturday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, as they take on Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).