OTTAWA - OCTOBER 26: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators presents teammate Sergei Gonchar #55 with a silver stick to honour his 1000th career NHL game in a ceremony with the Gonchar family before playing against the Phoenix Coyotes at Scotiabank Place on October 26, 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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