RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 19: Mark Barberio #8 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his first period goal with teammates Ondrej Palat #18 and Nikita Kucherov #86 during their NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on January 19, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (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