The Ontario Hockey League will have another exceptional player to add to its ranks next season.
On Thursday, the Ontario Hockey Federation announced that 15-year-old Sean Day - a Canadian defenceman who plays for Detroit's Compuware Minor Midgets - has been granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada.
The decision makes him eligible for the 2013 Ontario Hockey League draft, scheduled for Apr. 6.
"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."
In 25 games with the Compuware under-16s of Detroit's High Performance Hockey League, Day has registered three goals and eight assists.
Day will become the fourth player ever to be granted exceptional status for the OHL Priority Selection and the third in the past three seasons. The two previous exceptional players were drafted first overall with Aaron Ekblad joining the Barrie Colts in 2011 and Connor McDavid joining the Erie Otters in 2012.
Prior to those two, the only player granted exceptional status was John Tavares, who was selected first overall by the Oshawa Generals in 2005.
The Ottawa 67s have the first pick in the 2013 after finishing last in the OHL with a 16-46 record. The 67s have not held the top pick in the Priority Selection since 1993 when they selected Alyn McCauley.