Winter Games Athletes
At 21 years old, Faulk will be the youngest player on the American hockey squad when he makes his Olympic debut in Sochi. He is one of the five defensemen on the team 25 or younger, as the blueprint of Team USA's blueliners centers on youth and athleticism. An alternate captain for Carolina, Faulk is a very strong skater with good speed and has excelled on European-sized rinks in international play. He played in the 2011 world junior championship and the 2012 and ’13 world championships. At the 2012 worlds, he led all US defensemen with four goals to go with four assists and had a team-best plus-4 rating. He had six assists for the bronze medal-winning Team USA at the 2013 worlds. Playing in the 2010 under-18 world junior championships, Faulk scored the winning goal in the championship game. A part of Carolina’s top defensive pairing, Faulk leads the team in time on ice per game and is one of the Hurricanes’ top special teams players, working on both the penalty kill and power play. Now in his third NHL season, he has three goals and 19 assists in 57 games. A native of South St. Paul, Minn., Faulk helped the University of Minnesota Duluth win the 2011 NCAA national championship and was named to the all-tournament team.