Sean Day (born January 9, 1998) is a Belgian-born Canadian-American professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Day was selected by the Mississauga Steelheads fourth overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. Day was drafted 81st overall in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Rangers.
Day with the Mississauga Steelheads in 2016
January 9, 1998|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)|
|NHL team (P)|
New York Rangers|
Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
81st overall, 2016|
New York Rangers
Day was born in Leuven, Belgium, but grew up in Rochester, Michigan. Keith Day, Sean's father, was an executive with a global chemical company, which has taken him all over the world. His family relocated periodically before he was transferred to the Detroit area. Day holds dual Canadian and American citizenship. Due to his family moving around the world, Day first skated on a mall rink in Singapore.
Day's application for Exceptional Player Status was granted by Hockey Canada on March 21, 2013, making him eligible to be drafted a year early in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. Day was the fourth player out of six to ever be granted the exemption, allowing him to start his major junior hockey career as a 15-year-old. The other players to have previously received the exemption are John Tavares in 2005, Aaron Ekblad in 2011 and Connor McDavid in 2012.  Joe Veleno became the fifth player to earn exceptional status, with Shane Wright becoming the sixth player granted this status in 2019. He was drafted fourth overall in the OHL Priority draft.
In the 2016–17 season, on October 19, 2016, Day was acquired by Memorial Cup hosts, the Windsor Spitfires from the Steelheads in exchange for draft picks. Gearing towards the playoffs with the Spitfires, on March 8, 2017, Day agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Rangers. He would win the Memorial Cup with the Spitfires later that season.
Day began his professional career in 2018 with the Rangers AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack. After a slow start in the first six games he was demoted to the Maine Mariners. He played well enough in 19 games with the Mariners to earn a berth in the ECHL All-Star game, but was promoted back to Hartford before the game.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
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Awards and honoursEdit
- "Sean Day, 15-year-old defenseman, taken fourth in Ontario Hockey League draft". National Hockey League. July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
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- "Shane Wright granted exceptional player status, eligible for OHL draft - Sportsnet.ca". www.sportsnet.ca. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
- "Exceptional status pick Sean Day traded to Memorial Cup hosts". The Hockey News. October 19, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
- "Day becoming complete player in Windsor". New York Rangers. March 8, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Vilardi and Day traded to Kingston". Windsor Spitfires. January 1, 2018. Retrieved January 1, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Transactions". Hartford Courant. November 6, 2018. p. C6. Retrieved April 16, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
- "Eansor Scores 2 to Top Wolf Pack". Hartford Courant. December 28, 2018. p. C5. Retrieved April 16, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
- McCarthy, Brendan (January 7, 2019). "Gauging the Newfoundland Growlers' success to date? Don't forget to look forward". The Telegram. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
- Monroe, Mark (January 17, 2019). "Captains and replacements announced for ECHL All-Star Game". Toledo Blade. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
- OHF Announces Exceptional Player Status for Sean Day | Ontario Hockey Federation