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Aaron Ekblad suffers concussion in exhibition world junior hockey game

Defenceman Aaron Ekblad skates during practice at the Team Canada National Junior hockey team summer development camp

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Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion in Canada's world junior exhibition game against the Czech Republic and will miss the rest of summer development camp.

Hockey Canada said that Ekblad, the No. 1 pick in June's draft, is expected to make a "full recovery" and be ready for Florida Panthers training camp in September.

The 18-year-old defenceman was hit hard during Tuesday night's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic and left the game.

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"We have been in communication with Team Canada and have mutually agreed to hold Aaron out for the remainder of the summer development camp, as a precautionary measure," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "We will closely monitor Aaron's health for the remainder of the off-season and expect him to be ready for our rookie camp in mid-September."

Ekblad played last season with the OHL's Barrie Colts and is considered a good bet to play in the NHL next season.

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