WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 22: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals makes a pass against Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL hockey game on October 22, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/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