DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 30: Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his first period gaol with teammates while playing the Detroit Red Wings during a pre season game at Joe Louis Arena on September 30, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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