Yanick Dupre Memorial Award (AHL - Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution) (2006)
Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, August 5, 2005. Rights traded to NY Rangers by Tampa Bay for the rights to Bryce Lampman, July 4, 2007. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to shoulder surgery. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 3, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, September 30, 2009.
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