DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 14: Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings stands with family, Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Illitch and Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. Holmstrom is honored for playing his 1,000th NHL career game before an NHL game against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena on February 14, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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