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05-10-2013, 01:45 AM
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Ekblad transitioning from exceptional status to leadership role

There are those who wonder if the Ontario Hockey League is being too liberal with its application of Exceptional Player status. But for the now-17-year-old defenseman who was the second to burst through those now-open floodgates, the key to exceptional status is the ability to be a normal, functioning, part of a junior team.

“You just have to be physically mature,” explained Aaron Ekblad, a defender for the Barrie Colts, who started the OHL Championship series last Friday against the London Knights. “You’re going to have a lot of guys who are going to be coming after you. You kind of have a target on your back.… read more


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