NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 13: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates a shorthanded goal at 17:18 of the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center on March 13, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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