ATLANTA - OCTOBER 3: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the Atlanta Thrashers is congratulated by teammates after scoring a first period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Philips Arena on October 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/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