SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 18: Antti Niemi #31 and James Sheppard #15 of the San Jose Sharks protect the net against Joey Crabb #10 of the Florida Panthers during an NHL game on March 18, 2014 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Photo by Nick Lust/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