NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Nikolai Zherdev #13 of the New York Rangers falls to the ice against David Steckel #39 and Boyd Gordon #15 of the Washington Capitals during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 26, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/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