GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 18: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes talks with some young fans sitting on the bench during pregame against the Calgary Flames at Jobing.com Arena on February 18, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/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