SAINT PAUL, MN - FEBRUARY 10: Marek Zidlicky #3 of the Minnesota Wild talks with a teammate while preparing his stick prior to the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Xcel Energy Center on February 10, 2010 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/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