Head Coach Scott Gordon and Assistant Coach Dan Lacroix of the New York Islanders direct traffic from the bench against the Dallas Stars on October 23, 2008 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Dallas wins 5-3. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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