RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 30: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals high fives teammates on his way out to the ice during pregame warmups of a NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 30, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers