‘Canes name Faulk alternate captain

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Justin Faulk got himself a sweater letter.

On Wednesday, Carolina announced that Faulk would serve as an alternate captain this season, joining a leadership group that includes captain Eric Staal and fellow alternate Jordan Staal.

“Justin has emerged as an All-Star player in this league and a leader in our dressing room,” head coach Bill Peters said in a release. “His leadership is on display every day in his commitment to his teammates, and carries through to his dedication to the organization and our community.”

Faulk, 23, is a franchise cornerstone. As Peters mentioned, he made his first All-Star Game in ’14-15, which came on the heels of being named to the U.S. Olympic team at the Winter Games in Sochi.

Last year, Faulk emerged as one of the most durable and active d-men in the league, averaging 24:25 TOI while appearing in all 82 games. He also established career highs in goals (15) and points (49).

It’s possible today’s announcement could pave the way for Faulk to eventually become Carolina’s captain. Eric Staal is in the final year of his contract and while Jordan is locked in long-term (through 2023), he’s been something of a disappointment since coming over from Pittsburgh.

Faulk is under contract through 2020.