BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 05: Steve Ott #9 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up before playing the Ottawa Senators on April 5, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. It is his first game wearing the A for alternate captain. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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