SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 26: Ryan Whitney #19 of the Anaheim Ducks tries to pass the puck to Sheldon Brookbank #21 through the reach of opponent Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks during an NHL game on December 26, 2009 at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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