Aaron Ekblad Shirtless. Hey look, another Canadian sportsman has emerged as the #1 draft pick in a professional sports league. His name is Aaron Ekblad. He is from Windsor, Ontario. He’s only 18 years young. And he was chosen by the Florida Panthers as the #1 overall draft pick in the National Hockey League (NHL) Class of 2014. The other Canadian who achieved a similar feat in a different sport is Andrew Wiggins who was named as the #1 draft pick in this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) draft.
CBC reports on the moment Aaron was drafted:
Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon kept everyone guessing right up to his announcement to open Friday’s NHL draft.
“We proudly select, with the first pick overall of the 2014 NHL draft from the Ontario Hockey League,” Tallon told a feisty full house at Wells Fargo Arena.
And then he paused for dramatic effect. “Aaron Ekblad,” Tallon finally pronounced.
“I did not know,” said Ekblad, a normally unflappable 18-year-old defenceman from Belle River, Ont., seen as perhaps the most NHL-ready player in the draft pool. “I was freaking out there for a second when he stopped. It was breath-taking to say the least.”
Want to see some shirtless photos of your soon-to-be favorite professional hockey player? Here are some pics taken during the 2014 NHL Combine.
Take two of Aaron without his shirt.
What exactly are they measuring here? An athlete’s wingspan?
A portrait of the Ekblad family (which we grabbed from Aaron’s Instagram account @aaronekblad5), taken when our hockey hunk was still a wee little boy.
Aaron at the prom with a beautiful date named Lisa Hamilton. Did they went on continuing to date each other? Are they now in a relationship? If you know the answer do tell in the comments. Danke.
Another pic grabbed from Aaron’s instagram.
With a girl who may be a) a friend, b) a relative, or c) a girlfriend. We are clueless on this one.
May Aaron go on to have a distinguished career not only in professional hockey but also in international competitions representing Oh Canada! Want more Canadian hockey hunks? Check out these shirtless hockey players.
Photo credits: NHL and Aaron Ekblad’s instagram account (@aaronekblad5)