NHL Second All-Star Team (1950, 1951, 1954) Hart Trophy (1955)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954)
Rights were held by Montreal at time of first appearance in NHL. Rights traded to Toronto by Montreal for the rights to Frank Eddolls, September 10, 1943. Missed majority of 1956-57 season while still in retirement but returned as an active player in game vs. Detroit, January 6, 1957.
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp