LOS ANGELES - On a beautiful sunny morning in southern California, Justin Faulk and his fellow all-stars proceeded through the media gauntlet that included television and radio appearances plus a general question-and-answer format set up in a group space.
Faulk chatted with reporters from around the world for more than 10 minutes this morning. Here are some highlights from the wide-ranging discussion.
On why the Metropolitan Division will win the 3-on-3 All-Star tournament: "We're the best, right? That's the answer. I think we have a good group with Crosby and Ovechkin and those guys. They can probably just do it themselves. Hopefully we can bring a good effort out there and maybe not lose the first game like we did last year."
On what he would do with the prize money: "I don't know. I think my teammates would come knocking for some sort of gift or something like that."
On what he's most looking forward to at the Skills Competition: "Everything. It's not something we as players or even fans get to see every night. You know who is fast or who has hard shots, but you don't get to see it on display like this. Just the whole event tonight will be a lot of fun."
On what he brings entertainment-wise on the ice: "You could iso cam me, and it'd probably be pretty boring. I'm not one to put on the biggest show. It's not necessarily who I am so I just enjoy the weekend and be a part of it. I won't lead the charge with doing crazy things.
On if he can take anything from 3-on-3 this weekend and apply it to the regular season: "Just hoping you don't have to play against three guys like that in a regular-season game."
On #NHL100: "It's awesome. How often do you see that in sports when you have a celebration of the game's greatest players, where you can have that many of them all together? … It's a cool event, and I think that's what's making this year so special."
On the excitement of NHL All-Star Weekend: "It's always fun. Every event is good, and it's always a fun weekend."
Video: All-Star: Justin Faulk meets with the media
After a few more media hits, CarolinaHurricanes.com grabbed Faulk for a quick Facebook Live broadcast, where we fielded questions from Canes fans. If you missed that 10-minute live hit we did, you can watch it again here. We initially tried to broadcast horizontally, but Facebook didn't like that so we corrected. Internet connectivity was also apparently suspect, so apologies for the video being slightly more pixelated than we'd like. Apologies! We might have to try a different wifi network tomorrow if we fire up the live streaming once more.
Finally, check out the quick video below, a recap of what media day with Faulk was like this year in Los Angeles.
Video: All-Star: Sights of Media Day
Up next: the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, which begins at 7 p.m. EST on NBCSN. We set the table for that right here.