TAMPA, FL - MARCH 2: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Tampa Bay Lightning wears a new helmet with a pirate theme against the Philadelphia Flyers at the St. Pete Times Forum on March 2, 2010 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