Skip to content

Late surprise: Martin out for U.S., Faulk to make Olympic debut

Feb 21, 2014, 7:48 AM EST

PaulMartin Getty Images

The U.S. will be without one of its veteran defensive presences for Friday’s huge semifinal tilt with Canada.

Pittsburgh’s Paul Martin — third among American blueliners in time on ice per game this tournament — has been dropped from the lineup and will be replaced by Carolina’s Justin Faulk, USA Hockey announced. Faulk will be making his Olympic debut against the Canadians, having sat as a healthy scratch for the U.S.’s first four games of the tourney.

It’s unclear why Martin was dropped, though speculation suggests he’s dealing with illness. (Update: hand injury.) The 32-year-old is plus-2 thus far in the tournament and played over 19 minutes in a 5-2 win over the Czechs in the quarters.

This setback is the latest in Martin’s curious Olympic career. He’s been named to the U.S. national team three times — 2006 in Turin, ’10 in Vancouver — but never dressed for a game until the Sochi tournament opener against Slovakia. Martin was an extra d-man in Turin and broke his forearm prior to Vancouver.

Faulk, 21, is the youngest player on the American roster. The Carolina rearguard does have some international experience, having represented the U.S. in each of the last three World Hockey Championships.

Latest Posts
  1. Flyers deal Coburn to the Lightning for Gudas and picks (Confirmed)

    Mar 2, 2015, 2:15 AM EST

    Braydon Coburn Getty Images

    It’s a first round and third round selection heading to Philly.

  2. Video: Getzlaf, Ducks top Stars

    Mar 2, 2015, 12:30 AM EST

    Ryan Getzlaf Getty Images

    Dallas’ skid reaches six games.

  3. Ladd leads the Jets over the Kings

    Mar 1, 2015, 11:30 PM EST

    Andrew Ladd Getty Images

    Winnipeg moves three points back of Chicago in the Central Division.

  4. Penguins stretch streak to four with win over the Jackets

    Mar 1, 2015, 10:50 PM EST

    Evgeni Malkin Getty Images

    Malkin had a third straight three-point game.

  5. Video: Leafs’ Polak with a dangerous hit on Caps’ Johansson

    Mar 1, 2015, 9:15 PM EST

    Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 9.09.20 PM

    The Washington forward remains in the game.

  6. Stars send Cole to the Wings for prospects (Confirmed)

    Mar 1, 2015, 8:00 PM EST

    Florida Panthers v Dallas Stars Getty Images

    Both teams also swapped draft picks in the deal.

  7. Report: Rangers, Zuccarello nearing a four-year deal

    Mar 1, 2015, 7:06 PM EST

    Mats Zuccarello Getty Images

    He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

  8. Video: Jets and Kings get physical in the second

    Mar 1, 2015, 6:35 PM EST

    Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 6.18.27 PM

    It started with a Matt Greene hit on Mark Scheifele.

  9. Video: Jackets’ Johansen with an open ice hit on Crosby

    Mar 1, 2015, 6:15 PM EST

    Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 6.07.24 PM

    The Pens’ captain was unharmed on the play.

  10. Goalie nods: Ducks give another start to Gibson

    Mar 1, 2015, 3:38 PM EST

    John Gibson AP

    Sunday’s expected starting goalies.

Featured video

Trade deadline storylines to watch
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. H. Lundqvist (2447)
  2. N. Horton (2389)
  3. K. Okposo (2381)
  4. P. Kane (2207)
  5. T. Hall (2201)