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Hurricanes Agree to Terms with Justin Faulk

Defenseman helped Minnesota-Duluth capture 2011 NCAA Championship

Friday, 04.15.2011 / 11:46 AM ET / News
By Terrell Williams
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Hurricanes Agree to Terms with Justin Faulk

RALEIGH, NC – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Justin Faulk on a three-year, entry-level contract. Beginning with the 2011-12 season, the contract will pay Faulk an average of $750,000 per season at the NHL level or $67,500 per season at the minor-league level. Faulk will receive a $270,000 signing bonus as a part of the contract, and will immediately join the Hurricanes’ top minor-league affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL), for the Calder Cup playoffs.

“Justin is a gifted offensive defenseman who excels on the power play and has a big shot from the point,” said Karmanos. “He had a hugely successful year at Duluth and with his strength and build, we feel that he is ready to begin his professional career.”

Faulk, 19, completed his freshman season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2010-11, and led all Bulldogs defensemen in goals (8), assists (25) and points (33) in 39 games, helping UMD capture its first NCAA Championship. The South St. Paul, MN, native ranked tied for sixth among NCAA defensemen, first among freshman blueliners and tied for eighth among all first-year NCAA skaters in scoring (33 points). Faulk (6’0”, 205 lbs.) was selected to the All-WCHA Third Team and All-Rookie Team following the season, and had three assists in Minnesota-Duluth’s NCAA semifinal victory against Notre Dame to set a school record for points in a season by a freshman defenseman.

Carolina’s second-round selection, 37th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Faulk is a product of the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP), and helped Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships in Buffalo, leading all American blueliners in scoring during the tournament (4 points). His extensive international experience also includes the 2010 IIHF World U-18 Championship in Belarus, where he scored the game-winning goal for the U.S. in the gold-medal game against Sweden. Prior to joining the USNTDP, Faulk played high school hockey for South St. Paul High School in 2007-08, notching six goals and 15 assists (21 points) in 26 games as a sophomore.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72