RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 14: A young Hurricanes fan high-fives Aaron Ward #4 of the Carolina Hurricanes after the pre-game skate before a NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 14, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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