TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 23: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning heads out of the locker room for pre-game skate against the Philadelphia Flyers at the St. Pete Times Forum on December 23, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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