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Exceptional Player Status


Over the years there has been so many talented young hockey players that have gone through the junior leagues then onto the profession ranks we often forget that there has been some who have started out even younger then they were suppose to.

The normal age for junior players to start playing in the OHL, WHL or the QMJHL is 16 years old but recently over the past few years the CHL but more correctly the OHL have been allowed to pass the rule of ‘Exceptional Player Status’ once again. This time the young player is Sean Day, a 15 year old defenceman playing for the Detroit Compuw organization.

Now some great players, 3 in fact, who have had the ” exceptional player” status put upon them and have succeeded nicely, thank-you very much! Those ‘ Terrific Three’ ‘ so far are, John Tavares (NY Islanders), Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts) and last year’s pick, Connor McDavid (Erie Otters), and now there is four.

My question to you all is this. ” Is it to early for these players to play the high end junior hockey?” After reading the article from the OHL website and hearing other well known hockey experts out there expressing their own opinions, I am  really wondering?

Have a read below on the information about Sean Day and let us know what you all think of the rule allowing a 15 year old the Exceptional Player Status and if Hockey Canada is doing the right thing?


Exceptional Player Status for Sean Day

Cambridge, ON – The Ontario Hockey Federation today announced the results of the review by Hockey Canada in consideration of the application by Sean Day, determining that the player is to be granted “exceptional player” status and therefore is eligible for the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection on Saturday April 6, 2013.


The process was administered by Hockey Canada with a Special Evaluation Panel assembled to evaluate Day’s hockey and academic documentation and assess his level of maturity in reaching their decision.


“Sean Day should be very proud of himself in attaining exceptional player status,” said OHF Executive Director Phillip McKee.  “The evaluation process is very extensive and reviews all aspects of the player’s life.  We all look forward to seeing Sean continue his development as a player and person in the OHL next season.”


Born January 9, 1998, in Leuven, Belgium, Day is a Canadian citizen who currently resides with his family in Rochester, Michigan.  The 15-year-old defenceman grew up playing all of his minor hockey in the Detroit Area and competed with the highly ranked Detroit Compuware this season where he scored 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points in 63 games with an impressive plus-minus rating of plus-47.  A 6’02’’, 197lb, dynamic skater, Day and Detroit Compuware competed in several Ontario-based minor midget tournaments this season such as the Whitby Silver Stick where they lost in the Championship Final to the Toronto Marlboros.  Last summer Day also won a North American Roller Hockey Championship title in the Bantam Division competing for Detroit HoneyBaked.


Day becomes the fourth player to be granted “exceptional player” status following Connor McDavid of the Toronto Marlboros, Aaron Ekblad of the Sun County Panthers, and John Tavares of the Marlboros.  Last year McDavid was selected first overall by the Erie Otters and recently completed his rookie season where he scored 25 goals and 41 assists for 66 points in 63 games also representing Team Ontario at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.  In 2011 Ekblad was selected first overall by the Barrie Colts and went on to capture OHL Rookie of the Year honours recording 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points in 63 games.  Tavares, the first player to ever be granted “exceptional player” status was later selected first overall by the Oshawa Generals in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection and played four OHL seasons recording 433 points in 247 career games before being selected with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.


Again let us know what you think, send us your thoughts!

Until next time.

See you after the game,

Coach Nye