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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

PACIFIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
2 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
3 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
4 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
5 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
6 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
7 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Burns 6 2 8 1 10
L. Couture 6 3 5 0 8
J. Pavelski 6 5 2 1 7
J. Ward 6 1 5 2 6
J. Donskoi 6 2 2 -1 4
P. Marleau 6 1 3 0 4
T. Hertl 6 2 1 3 3
J. Thornton 6 1 2 1 3
M. Vlasic 6 0 2 4 2
M. Nieto 6 1 0 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Jones 5 1 1 .917 2.15
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