DETROIT - FEBRUARY 11: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks gets congratulated for his goal by teammates: Niclas Wallin #7 and Dan Boyle #22 as Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on dejectedly during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on February 11, 2010 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