What the Carolina Hurricanes fans had been hoping for and expecting came true today with Justin Faulk being named to the American Olympic Team.
He was one of the eight defensemen named at the ceremeony after the Winter Classic today.
Faulk is having a great year and deserves to be on the team. The main reason why there was uncertainty whether he would make it or not is that he flew under the radar playing in Carolina, but apparently the American staff was paying enough attention to him.
David Poille was impressed with Faulk after the Nashville Predators and Hurricanes played and the 21-year-old represented America in the World Championships over the summer.
Now it just remains to be seen what kind of role Faulk plays on the team. With eight defensemen on the roster, two will have to sit per game. With the bigger ice, Faulk’s mobility will come in handy, especially over a defenseman like Brooks Orpik.
However, there are enough mobile and offensive defensemen on the U.S. roster, so don’t take anything for certain just yet.
But now, Hurricanes fans should just be happy that their star defensemen has made the Olympic team.
To see the full U.S. roster, check here.
The Canadian roster will be announced Jan. 7.