SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 3: Keith Ballard #2 of the Florida Panthers battles for the puck against Todd White #12 of the Atlanta Thrashers at the Bank Atlantic Center on April 3, 2009 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/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