Hurricanes’ Faulk named to All-Star Game roster

Justin Faulk leads the Hurricanes in assists (17) and on-ice time (24:10 per game) and is second in scoring (24 points).

 

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The Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk is headed to the NHL All-Star Game.

The Carolina defenseman, who ranks in the top 20 at his position in goals and points, was named to the game’s roster, the league announced Saturday.

This will be the first full All-Star experience for Faulk, a rookie participant in ’12 in Ottawa. The 22-year-old leads the Hurricanes in assists (17) and on-ice time (24:10 per game) and is second in scoring (24 points).

Faulk tops all NHL defensemen in shorthanded goals with two and is 15th among blueliners in goals with seven and is 17th in points. He’s also tied for third in game-winning goals with three, 11th power-play goals (three) and is tied for ninth in shots (109).

Taken by Carolina with the 37th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 draft, Faulk has totaled 93 points (25g, 68a) and 101 penalty minutes in 221 career games for Carolina. He was selected to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2011-12, after ranking tied for first among rookie defensemen in goals (eight) and second in points (22).

Faulk represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and has also played for Team USA at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Championships as well as the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Prior to turning professional, Faulk played one season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, helping the Bulldogs capture the 2011 NCAA National Championship.