From: Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland
Selm Alexander (Alex) Faulkner was the first Newfoundlander to play in the National Hockey League.
- Born in 1936 in Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland
Alex first learned to play hockey with his brothers on the Exploits River in Bishop’s Falls. His brother George was the first Newfoundlander to play professional hockey.
Alex’s provincial hockey career started with the Grand Falls junior club and continued with the Grand Falls Andcos where he won three Herder Memorial Trophies.
Drafted by the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League in 1960, Faulkner was the Most Valuable Player for that season.
In 1961 he played a game with the Toronto Maple Leafs to become the first Newfoundland-born player to play in the National Hockey League.
Alex Faulkner remembers Gordie Howe
Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1962, he played 112 National Hockey League games during three seasons with 20 goals and 17 assists.
Faulkner retired after the 1971-72.
Alex Faulker was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Bishop’s Falls, NL: Kraft Hockeyville 2010 Top 12 Finalist
Bishop’s Falls is a town in the north-central part of the island of Newfoundland. Nestled in the heart of the Exploits Valley, Bishop’s Falls is an ideal home base while you explore the scenic Exploits Valley and the surrounding coastal communities. Icebergs, whale watching and scenic fishing communities are all within an hour drive of the town.
The railroad played a major part in the area’s history, as the town was a central hub during the travels of the “Newfie Bullet”.