DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 17: Reilly Smith #18 of the Dallas Stars handles the puck against Dennis Wideman #26 of the Calgary Flames at the American Airlines Center on February 17, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/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