UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 26: In honor of Hockey Fights Cancer, Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders greets Luke, a young cancer patient from Long Island during warmups before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 26, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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