RALEIGH, NC - DECEMBER 23: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks to play the puck past Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game on December 23, 2011 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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