- Created: January 1, 2014 - 8:13 pm
- Written by Paul Branecky
Faulk was one of 25 players named in the official announcement that immediately followed the annual NHL Winter Classic event on New Year’s Day. The 21-year-old most recently played for Charlotte last season, suiting up for 31 games during the NHL’s lockout.
Faulk, the Carolina Hurricanes’ second-round draft choice in 2010, made his professional debut with the Checkers during their 2011 playoff run that immediately followed his NCAA championship victory as a freshman with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, recording two assists in 13 games for his first professional points. Over the course of a 12-game stint the following season, Faulk netted his first professional goal against the Houston Aeros.
All of those professional firsts – game played, point earned and goal scored – occurred at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.
A mainstay on the Hurricanes’ defense despite his age (he is the youngest player on the U.S. roster), Faulk has 53 points (6g, 37a) in 144 NHL games. A member of the league’s 2011-12 All-Rookie Team, the South St. Paul, Minnesota, native previously represented his country at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, where he scored the tournament-winning goal, the 2011 World Junior Championship and the IIHF World Championships in 2012 and 2013.