SAINT PAUL, MN - MARCH 31: James Sheppard #51 of the Minnesota Wild posts up in front of the net against Mattias Ohlund #2 the Vancouver Canucks during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on March 31, 2009 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/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