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Aaron Ekblad
North American Skater
Barrie, OHL
Final Rank:  2 Midterm Rank:  3
Position:  Defenseman Shoots:  Right
Height:  6' 3" Weight:  213
Born:  February 7, 1996 Hometown:  Belle River, Ont.
Birthplace:  Windsor, ON, CAN
Drafted:  FLA (1st Round / 1st Overall)
• Ekblad was named the Ontario Hockey League’s Most Outstanding Defenseman in 2013-14, leading all blueliners with 23 goals and finishing tied for fifth with 53 points. He became just the third player in their 18-year-old birth year to claim the honor in the past 20 years, following Ryan Ellis (selected 11th overall by Nashville in 2009) of the Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and Bryan Berard (selected 1st overall by Ottawa in 1995) of the Detroit Jr. Red Wings in 1995.

• Named captain prior to the 2013-14 season, Ekblad led Barrie to a second-place finish in the Central Division and added 2-4—6 in nine playoff games. The Colts were eliminated in the second round by the North Bay Battalion.

• He played a top-four role as a 17-year-old on the Canadian defense at the 2014 World Junior Championship, registering 1-1—2 in seven games. Ekblad has shown leadership on the international stage, captaining Canada to the 2013 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial gold medal and serving as captain of Team Ontario at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

• Ekblad was granted exceptional player status by Hockey Canada to be eligible for the 2011 OHL Priority Selection as a 15-year-old. He was only the second player in OHL history to be given exceptional player status, following John Tavares in 2005. In his rookie season with Barrie, he recorded 10-19—29 in 63 games to earn OHL Rookie of the Year honors. He also was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team.

• A big-game performer, Ekblad finished with 7-10—17 and a plus-11 rating in 22 playoff games in 2012-13, helping Barrie finish first in the Central Division and reach the OHL Final against London.

NEWS

EKBLAD PROVING TO BE AN EXCEPTIONAL TALENT (click here)

BARRIE’S EKBLAD NAMED OHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE YEAR (click here)

FAVORITES

NHL team: Detroit Red Wings
NHL player: Nicklas Lidstrom
Goal celebration: “Celebrate with the boys”
Video game: Call of Duty
Movie: Lone Survivor
TV show: One Tree Hill, Suits, Dexter, Breaking Bad
Actor: Dianna Agron, Leonardo DiCaprio
Musician: Ed Sheeran
Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse
Athlete (non-hockey): Justin Verlander
Twitter follow: @TSNBobMcKenzie


 Statistics
Season
Team
League
GP
G
A
P
PIM
2011-2012
BARRIE
OHL
63
10
19
29
34
2012-2013
BARRIE
OHL
54
7
27
34
64
2012-2013
ONTARIO (2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge)
NATOUR
5
2
4
6
4
2013-2014
BARRIE
OHL
58
23
30
53
91
2013-2014
CAN (2014 World Junior Championship)
ITLTOUR
7
1
1
2
2
2013-2014
CAN U18 (Ivan Hlinka Memorial 2013)
ITLTOUR
5
2
3
5
4
2013-2014
WHITE (2013 Canada U-18 Selection Camp)
NACAMP
5
2
2
4
4




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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