DETROIT - DECEMBER 31: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings loses his stick and falls to the ice as Chris Durno #45 of the Colorado Avalanche skates by during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on December 31, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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