TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 12: Nate Thompson #44 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets ready to walk out to the ice for pre game warmups prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 12, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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