RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 31: David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his first period goal with teammates Patrik Elias #26 and Ilya Kovalchuk #17 during an NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 31, 2012 at PNC Arena 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