ST. PAUL, MN - JANUARY 2: Matt Cooke #24 of the Minnesota Wild skates with the puck while Jamie McBain #4 of the Buffalo Sabres defends during the game on January 2, 2013 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/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