After participating in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition as a rookie in 2012, Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is headed back to NHL All-Star Weekend to take in the full experience.
CarolinaHurricanes.com is in Columbus and will be tracking Faulk throughout the weekend's events, beginning Friday with media day and the Fantasy Draft continuing into Saturday with the Skills Competition and culminating Sunday with the All-Star Game. Make this a regular stop this weekend, as we update it with news, notes, videos, photos, tweets and more.Last updated: Jan. 26, 2:00 p.m.
FAULK IN OUR STARS
Jan. 25, 9:30 p.m. | By Colleen Hamilton
Team Toews and Team Foligno traded goals and then they traded a few more goals. Justin Faulk picked up two assists in the high-scoring game. In the end, Team Toews redeemed themselves after losing the Skills Competition with a 17-12 victory.
“It was a lot of fun out there today. It wasn’t the most intense game ever played, but it was a good time and obviously it was a nice little bonus to get the win.“
The combined 29 goals set a new NHL record – the most ever scored in an All-Star Game.
“The guys were all fired up. I think there’s been a lot of talk about wanting to score more goals between fans and the league and that makes up for a couple years of low scoring totals. “
Faulk’s first assist came at the 6:33 mark of the first period, setting up Ryan Getzlaf for Team Toews’ first goal of the night. He picked up his second assist on a John Tavares goal halfway through the second period. Tavares finished the night with four goals.
“Whenever you have guys that are putting up a lot of goals in an event like this it’s fun and you want to be a part of that.”
TEAM TOEWS FALLS TO TEAM FOLIGNO IN SKILLS COMPETITION
Jan. 24, 10:15 p.m. | By Colleen Hamilton
While Justin Faulk and Team Toews ultimately lost to Team Foligno in the All-Star Skills Challenge, it didn't stop the guys from having a little fun out on the ice.
"I think my favorite part was when Voracek grabbed Gaudreau and kind of mocked Johansen. That was pretty funny."
Voracek and Gaudreau's show was one of many creative breakaway attempts.
"It was fun. Like I said earlier in the week, this is my favorite event of the weekend and it was nice to see some creativity and the guys get going a little bit."
Included in the entertainment was the Skills Challenge Relay, where Team Toews and Team Foligno went head-to-head in a variety of challenges.
"I thought the relay was pretty fun, it was a race against the clock and the other team essentially."
Team Toews won the second heat of the relay, but Team Foligno scored the bonus point after completing the challenges the fastest, with a time of 1:37.979.
We'll see if Faulk and Team Toews can rebound from their Skills Challenge loss and put Team Foligno away in tomorrow's All-Star Game.
FAULK TO COMPETE IN HARDEST SHOT
Jan. 24, 4:45 p.m. | By Colleen Hamilton
It was just three years ago when Justin Faulk competed in the hardest shot competition during the 2012 All-Star Skills Competition as one of the rookie participants. Tonight, Faulk will have a second go-around and a chance to break his 95.9 mph mark from his first appearance.
Having experience in the hardest shot competition, Faulk said he has a better game plan heading into tonight's event.
"Use a stiffer stick, a new one too. Some of the boys told me that afterwards. I'll try to use a new stick tonight and we'll see what happens."
When it comes to strategy, Faulk's is simple - "Just hit the net, hopefully. You don't want to miss the net. Get some momentum and try to put everything I can into it and just see what happens. Hopefully I can beat my previous score."
Faulk said that as a kid the skills competition was his favorite part of All-Star weekend.
“Skills (competition) just brings out the abilities of players – stuff you don’t see, maybe in practice once in a while, but I won’t see how Phil (Kessel) does certain things in games. It’s fun to see stuff like that happen.”
Faulk will join Team Toews teammates Brent Seabrook, Aaron Ekblad and Shea Weber in the hardest shot competition. They will face off against Alex Ovechkin, Brent Burns, Steven Stamkos and Dustin Byfuglien from Team Foligno.
"Hopefully I just win my matchup. I think we’ve got Weber on our end. I’m excited to see how Bufuglien does too. It’s scary when he’s shooting in a game so we’ll see what happens."
Faulk will also partake in the relay shootout challenge, taking one-timers for Team Toews.
The Skills Competition will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. You can catch the action on NBCSN and follow along on Twitter.
FAULK JOINS TEAM TOEWS
Jan. 23, 10:30 p.m. | By Colleen Hamilton
Justin Faulk was drafted by Team Toews in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.
Faulk will join the following teammates:
-- Jonathan Toews
-- Ryan Getzlaf
-- Rick Nash
-- Shea Weber
-- Jake Voracek
-- Corey Crawford
-- John Tavares
-- Roberto Luongo
-- Brent Seabrook
-- Vladimir Tarasenko
-- Patrice Bergeron
-- Jaroslav Halak
-- Aaron Ekblad
-- Tyler Seguin
-- Patrick Elias
-- Ryan Suter
-- Mark Giordano
-- Justin Faulk
-- Tyler Johnson
-- Filip Forsberg
-- Johnny Gaudreau
-- Mike Hoffman
Team Toews will be coached by Nashville's head coach Peter Laviolette, who coached the Hurricanes from 2004-08. Laviolette will be joined by his assistant coach Phil Housley, who has ties to Faulk.
"I just found out Phil Housley is our coach, which is a pretty cool thing being from south St. Paul," said Faulk. "He’s coached me before in World Juniors and World Championships, but it's nice at this level too to see that happen."
FAULK GEARS UP FOR FANTASY DRAFT
Jan. 23, 3:30 p.m. | By Colleen Hamilton
The 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft will be held tonight at 8 p.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
The fantasy draft was introduced during the 2011 All-Star Game in Raleigh, making this only the third All-Star Game to follow the fantasy draft format.
Captains Jonathan Toews (CHI) and Nick Foligno (CBJ) will flip a puck to determine the order of the draft and who gets the first pick. Rick Nash (NYR) and Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) will assist Toews, while Drew Doughty (LA) and Patrick Kane (CHI) will sport the assistant captain titles for Team Foligno.
Faulk said he has no preference about which team he ends up on. "It doesn’t matter to me - the winning team I guess," he said with a smile.
The captains will have 18 rounds to put together their All-Star and Skills Competition rosters. Each team will consist of 12 forwards, six defensemen and three goalies. Goaltenders must be picked by the end of the tenth round and defensemen must be picked by the end of the fifteenth round.
“My mom’s probably not too happy about that,” said Faulk (who told us last week that he wouldn’t mind getting picked last and winning the car). “That’ll save the Twitter harassment since I won’t be going last, and I won’t have to take heat from the guys either.”
Tonight’s draft will also influence Saturday night’s Skills Competition. In the 2012 All-Star Skills Competition, Faulk competed as a rookie in the Hardest Shot Competition and clocked in at 95.9 mph.
While Faulk is unsure which event he will compete in tomorrow night, he assumes it will be related to shooting. “I don’t think I’ll be in the fastest skater or anything like that.”
You can catch the All-Star Fantasy Draft tonight on NBCSN, starting at 8 p.m. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for live coverage of the draft.
ALL-STAR MEDIA DAY
Jan. 23, 2:30 p.m. | By Michael Smith
NHL All-Star festivities kicked off today in Columbus with media day. Colleen and Amber will be bringing you more from that in just a bit. But first, here's a behind-the-scenes look from Nationwide Arena.
Be sure to follow along all weekend on Instagram
FAULK HEADS TO COLUMBUS
Jan. 23, 9:00 a.m. | By Michael Smith
It's sort of hard to believe that the last NHL All-Star Weekend was three years ago. Justin Faulk went to Ottawa as one of 12 rookies invited in 2012. In 2013, the season was just starting, and in 2014, we were graced with the Olympics. So, technically, Faulk is participating in back-to-back All-Star festivities.
And this time, he gets to take in the full experience from the Fantasy Draft to the Skills Competition to the game itself. Colleen Hamilton
and Amber Jaye
from CarolinaHurricanes.com are in Columbus to bring you the latest.
In the meantime, check out what Faulk had to say moments after being named an All-Star
and hear from his teammates a few days later
We'll be bringing you plenty of content throughout the weekend. Check back here regularly for more!