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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
• 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 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
T. Grosenick 1 1 0 .948 1.53
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