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Making History at Home
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We all have our heroes, but Alex Faulkner is someone who is a hero to all hockey players in this province. From a family of five hockey-playing brothers, Faulkner became the first NHL player from Newfoundland and Labrador. No small feat! Before Cleary, Clowe, Purcell, and Greening were household names, the original NHL’er from NL was Faulkner.
Physiotherapists and owners Chris Cluett and Justin Whittle talk about a homegrown hero and celebrate our province’s hockey history.
It Could Happen to You
Hockey is entrenched in this province’s sporting history. Ask any young hockey player in the province, they’ll say they want to play in the NHL when they grow up. Faulkner is a great example of a small town player, who despite what seemed like impossible odds, made it to the NHL. So keep that in mind players!
Sport is a world of possibility, which can only be reached with practice, discipline, and training to be the best. And of course, everyone needs their big break.
Faulkner was a local All-Star, actually, a Conception Bay All-Star, a team you may know as the Cee Bees. His big break came when he played in an exhibition game that happened to involve former Maple Leaf Howie Meeker. Meeker marvelled at the ability of the young player and mentioned him to the Maple Leafs coach. That was it. Alex Faulkner was off to practice in the big leagues.
Faulkner was drafted to the Detroit Red Wings and history was made. Alex Faulkner Day was declared, with schools closing to attend a parade to welcome the hometown hero in the off-season.
A lifetime of Sport
A hand injury, followed by an ankle injury in the ’62-’63 season saw Faulkner play in just 30 games. Though he didn’t return to the NHL after that, Faulkner continued to play minor professional hockey, then amateur hockey, well into his sixties. That’s some career!
The Best Game You’ll Ever Play
In one exhibition game Faulkner’s life changed, and Newfoundland and Labrador’s history in the NHL changed along with it! Opportunity is just an exhibition game, or tournament, or even a pond game away for all of our province’s athletes. You never know who is watching at your training camp or running drills with your team at the rink, so always play your game like it’s the most important one you’ll play.
Living the Dream
Your love of sport can lead to opportunity, and it CAN be you. There is still history left to make. Maybe Newfoundland and Labrador will produce the first woman to play in the NHL, or our first player in Major League Baseball.
Being the best at your sport takes hard work and determination … and we see this in the athletes we treat every day! So if you play sports contact us! We offer sport massage, sport physiotherapy, and concussion care. Take care of yourself, keep practicing, and strive for more, every day
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