UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 29: Thomas Vanek #26 of the New York Islanders skates in warmups prior to playing in his first NHL game against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (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