RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Manny Malhotra #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes is pictured during warmups prior to an NHL game against the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena on November 18, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The decal on the Hurricanes helmets honors Doris Barksdale and Dickie Britt for their contributions to the organization's Kids 'N Community Foundation. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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