Spitfires acquire defenceman Sean Day from Steelheads

Watch as New York Rangers prospect Sean Day scores his first goal playing for the Windsor Spitfires.

WINDSOR, Ont. — The Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League have bolstered their blue line by acquiring Sean Day from the Mississauga Steelheads.

Spitfires general manager Warren Rychel made the announcement on Tuesday.

In addition to the 18-year-old defenceman, Windsor gets Barrie’s third-round pick in 2019 and Mississauga’s sixth in 2017. Going the other way is four draft picks. The Steelheads receive Niagara’s second-round pick in 2018, Sarnia’s second in 2017, Windsor’s fifth in 2019 and Windsor’s third in 2020.

Day was just the fourth player to ever be granted exceptional status by the OHL after John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad and Connor McDavid. The New York Rangers selected him 81st overall at the 2016 NHL Draft this past June.

"We are very excited to add a player of Sean’s caliber to our team," said Rychel.

"He will strengthen what is already a pretty good defensive group. He’ll have the opportunity to compete for a Mastercard Memorial Cup while he looks to earn himself a contract with the Rangers. I think our coaching staff can help him reach new highs in his game."

In parts of four seasons with the Steelheads, Day appeared in 183 regular season games, posting 25 goals and 54 assists along with 127 penalty minutes.

Windsor is the host for the 2017 Memorial Cup.

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