TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 23: Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs defends as P.A. Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders passes the puck during NHL game action January 23, 2012 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/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