ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 27: Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild and David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues greet paralympic sled hockey team members Josh Pauls #27 and Steve Cash #34 prior to an NHL game on March 27, 2014 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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