February 7, 1996 |
Belle River, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)|
|OHL team||Barrie Colts|
|NHL Draft||Eligible 2014 draft|
Aaron Ekblad (born February 7, 1996) is a Canadian major junior ice hockey player for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). A defenceman, Ekblad was selected first overall in the 2011 OHL Entry Draft.
In 2010-11, Ekblad competed for the Sun County Panthers minor midget AAA team in Belle River, Ontario. He had 34 points in 30 regular season games and added 21 points in 18 playoff games. He captained the team and lead them to an alliance championship.
Ekblad’s application to be the only player born in 1996 in the draft was approved unanimously, after a six week review by Hockey Canada. With the approval, Ekblad became the first defenceman ever granted "exceptional player" status. The status allows him to compete in the Canadian Hockey League a year earlier than his eligible age. The only other players given such eligibility were centre John Tavares in 2005, Connor McDavid in 2012 and Sean Day in 2013.
His brother, Darien, a goaltender, was drafted by the London Knights. Currently, Darien is playing Junior B for the Chatham Maroons, and his OHL rights are owned by the Saginaw Spirit. He attended St. Anne's Catholic High School, and was an honor roll student in the WECDSB.
Awards and honours
|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of the Emms Family Award
Alex Galchenyuk (2010)
|Jack Ferguson Award
Connor McDavid (2012)
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