COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 14: Antoine Vermette #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets returns to the bench after scoring a power play goal at 16:23 of the first period against the Nashville Predators at the Nationwide Arena on December 14, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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