UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is congratulated on his first period goal during the game against the New York Islanders on February 27, 2014 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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