Justin spends his summers in Minneapolis… He sponsors the Canes’ “True Defenders” program along with John-Michael Liles and James Wisniewski, hosting military members and their families at games throughout the season… Justin started playing hockey at the age of 6 in South St. Paul, MN, and his mom was the biggest influence on his career… His favorite player growing up was Peter Forsberg… His favorite TV show is Suits, favorite movie is 21 Jump Street, favorite musical artist is Eric Church and favorite book is Lone Survivor… Justin’s first job was assisting his uncle with landscaping… His biggest game-day habit is his nap… His favorite food is steak and favorite restaurant is Manny’s Steakhouse in Minneapolis… His favorite vacation spot is Jamaica and favorite place in the Triangle is downtown Raleigh… Justin is on Twitter and his username is @JustinFaulk27… His favorite website is yahoo.com and favorite video game is Call of Duty… His favorite sport outside of hockey is fishing and the person he would most like to meet is Tiger Woods… Justin is a fan of the Minnesota Twins… His most memorable hockey moments were winning the national championship with Minnesota-Duluth in 2011, playing his first NHL game and playing in the Olympics… His favorite former teammate is Adam Wilcox… Justin wears No. 27 because it was his number in high school, and he’s always tried to wear it when possible… His favorite road city is New York, favorite road arena is Madison Square Garden and favorite team to play against is Pittsburgh.
Completed his fourth NHL season with Carolina… Established career highs in goals (15), assists (34), points (49) and games played (82)… Was one of two Hurricanes to play in all 82 games… Participated in his first NHL All-Star Game… Was selected as the Hurricanes’ Most Valuable Player by Professional Hockey Writers’ Association… Led all Hurricanes in assists (34) and time on ice (24:25 per game) and ranked second in points (49)… Also led the team and was tied for first among NHL defensemen in shorthanded goals (2)… Finished the season ranked in the top 20 among NHL blueliners in points (12th, 49), goals (T-6th, 15), game-winning goals (T-3rd, 4), power-play goals (T-3rd, 7), power-play points (T-12th, 20), shorthanded points (T-6th, 2) and shots (4th, 238)… Earned the most points in a season by a Hurricanes defenseman since relocation (Joni Pitkanen-46, 2009-10)… Became only the second defenseman since the team’s relocation in 1997 to score 15 or more goals in a season… Led the team and ranked second among NHL defenseman with 70 takeaways… Ranked second on the team in blocked shots (114) and first among defenseman in hits (157)… Recorded his first multi-point game of the season vs. ARI (11/1)… Matched his career high with three points (1g, 2a) and netted the game winner vs. CGY (11/10)… Skated in his 200th Hurricanes game at COL (11/22)… Ranked second among NHL defensemen in scoring in November with 13 points (3g, 10a)… Scored goals in back-to-back games (12/8-12/11)… Scored a goal and earned an assist at OTT (1/17)…Recorded two assists in 18:54 of ice time during the All-Star Game in Columbus (1/25)… Recorded a career-high three assists at SJ (2/7)… Earned three points (1g, 2a) in the first period vs. CBJ (3/10), marking the first time a defenseman recorded three points in the first period for the franchise since Brad Shaw (3/21/90)… Skated a career-high 29:57 and scored a goal at CBJ (3/15)… Longest point streak: 3 games (2/24-2/28: 2g, 2a)… Longest goal streak: 2 games (12/8-12/11: 2g, 0a; 1/27-1/30: 2g, 1a)… Longest assist streak: 2 games (11/8-11/10: 1g, 4a; 12/18-12/20: 1g, 2a; 2/14-2/16: 0g, 3a; 2/24-2/27: 1g, 2a; 3/8-3/10: 1g, 3a)… Multi-assist games: 7 (last: 2/14 at MIN: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 12 (last: 3/10 vs. CBJ: 1g, 2a).
Is in his fifth NHL season with the Hurricanes… Signed a six-year contract extension with the Hurricanes on 3/24/14 that goes through the 2019-20 season… Played one season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, helping the Bulldogs capture the NCAA National Championship… His international experience began with the 2007 U-17 Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, where he led American defensemen with three points (1g, 2a) in four games… Played in three international tournaments during the 2008-09 season, including the 2009 Vlad Dzurilla U-18 Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia, the 2009 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Port Alberni, B.C., and the 2008 U-17 Four Nations Cup in Monthey, Switzerland… Led the U.S. with two goals and three points at the Four Nations Cup… In 2009-10, scored the game-winning goal against Sweden in the gold medal game of the 2010 IIHF World U-18 Championship in Belarus… Finished that tournament with four points (1g, 3a) and a plus-7 rating… Also participated in the 2010 U-18 Six Nations Cup in Belarus and the 2009 U-18 Four Nations Cup in Finland… Was second among American defensemen in scoring (4 points) at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, helping the U.S. capture the bronze medal… Played for the U.S. at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, leading all American defensemen in goals (4) and points (4) and ranking first on the team in plus/minus (+9) during the tournament… Led American defensemen in assists (6) and points (6) at the 2013 IIHF World Championship as the U.S. captured the bronze medal… Represented the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, appearing in two games… Also played for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
2007-08: Played high school hockey for South St. Paul (MN) High School, earning honorable mention all-conference honors after notching six goals and 15 assists (21 points) in 26 games as a sophomore.
2008-09: Completed his first season with the U.S. National Team Development Program, competing against North American Hockey League (NAHL) and international opponents.
2009-10: Competed with the U-18 team in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and against Division I and Division III college opponents and international teams… Set the record for goals scored by a defenseman at USA Hockey’s NTDP (21)… Led USNTDP defensemen in power-play goals (14).
2010-11: Led Minnesota-Duluth defensemen in goals (8), assists (25) and points (33), helping the Bulldogs capture the national championship… Led all NCAA rookie defensemen in scoring, and set a school record for scoring by a UMD rookie blueliner… Ranked tied for sixth among all NCAA defensemen in scoring and eighth in points per game (0.85)… Selected to the All-WCHA Third Team and All-Rookie Team… Also chosen to the College Hockey News All-Rookie Team… Had three assists in UMD’s NCAA semifinal victory vs. Notre Dame… Skated in 13 Calder Cup Playoff games with Charlotte (AHL), earning two assists… Made his professional debut with the Checkers in Game 4 of the East Division Semifinal vs. Hershey (4/20)… Earned his first pro point with an assist in Game 5 vs. Hershey (4/22).
2011-12: Completed his first NHL season, totaling eight goals and 14 assists (22 points) in 66 games played… Also skated in 12 games on the American Hockey League (AHL) level with Charlotte, notching two goals and four assists (6 points)… Was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team… Led all Hurricanes skaters in average ice time per game (22:50)… Ranked first among NHL rookie defensemen in ice time per game (22:50) and power-play goals (5)… Was tied for first among rookie defensemen in goals (8) and second in points (22)… Made his NHL and Hurricanes debut vs. TB (10/7)… Recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Jussi Jokinen’s power-play goal vs. TOR (11/20)… Scored his first NHL/Hurricanes goal at WPG (12/9), beating Chris Mason… Scored a power-play goal and registered his first NHL fighting major vs. WSH (2/20)… Scored the game-winning goal in overtime at WSH (3/6), his first career OT goal.
2012-13: Totaled five goals and 10 assists (15 points) in 38 games played and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association… Led the Hurricanes in average ice time per game (24:00)… Was first among team defensemen in takeaways (24), third in hits (63) and fourth in blocked shots (47)… Played for Charlotte (AHL) during the NHL work stoppage, totaling five goals and 19 assists (24 points) in 31 games… Scored his first NHL shorthanded goal vs. BUF (1/24)… Earned his first career NHL multi-point game with two assists at NJ (2/12)… Played his 100th NHL/Hurricanes game and scored a goal vs. PHI (4/20).
2013-14: Was third on the team in assists (27) and sixth in points (32)… Ranked second on the team in time on ice per game (23:24) and third in blocked shots (102)… Led team defensemen with a career-high 152 shots… Recorded a season-high four-game point streak (11/24-12/1: 1g, 4a), tying his career high… Established a career high with three points (1g, 2a) at NSH (12/5)… Skated a season-high 29:23 of ice time at TB (12/21)… Scored the game-winning goal and added an assist vs. DAL (4/3).