RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 24: Joni Pitkanen #25 of the Carolina Hurricanes dives to block a shot by Steve Ott #9 of the Buffalo Sabres during play at PNC Arena on January 24, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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