20 Facts About Aaron Ekblad


Aaron Ekblad was born on February 7,1996 and is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the Florida Panthers in the National Hockey League.

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Aaron Ekblad was granted "Exceptional Player" status unanimously by Hockey Canada, thus allowing him to play major junior a year early.

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Aaron Ekblad had 34 points in 30 regular season games and added 21 points in 18 playoff games.

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Aaron Ekblad captained the team and lead them to an alliance championship.

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Aaron Ekblad's application to be the only player born in 1996 in the CHL draft was approved unanimously, after a six-week review by Hockey Canada.

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Aaron Ekblad was voted second in the category of best penalty killer, behind Oshawa Generals forward Scott Laughton.

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Aaron Ekblad was selected first overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers on June 27,2014.

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Aaron Ekblad was named the game's first star for his performance.

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On January 23,2015, Aaron Ekblad was named as an injury replacement for Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.

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Aaron Ekblad finished his rookie season with 12 goals and 27 assists in 81 games played for Florida.

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Aaron Ekblad finished second in assists, plus-minus, hits and blocked shots, while averaging 21:48 of ice time per game.

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Aaron Ekblad set a new franchise record for rookie defensemen in goals, assists, and points, surpassing Ed Jovanovski.

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On February 3,2018, Aaron Ekblad became only the 15th defensemen in NHL history to reach double-digits in goals in each of their first four seasons.

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On March 28,2021, Aaron Ekblad was stretchered off the ice following a collision with Dallas Stars' defenseman Esa Lindell.

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Aaron Ekblad underwent surgery to repair a left leg fracture the following day and was ruled out for 12 weeks, effectively ending his season.

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Aaron Ekblad was invited to the play for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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Aaron Ekblad was later named an alternate captain along with Sean Couturier.

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Aaron Ekblad attended Innisdale Secondary School and was an honour roll student in the Simcoe County District School Board.

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Aaron Ekblad was born in Windsor, but grew up in Belle River, Ontario.

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Aaron Ekblad's great-grandfather was Swedish, hence the last name "Ekblad".

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