UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 24: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals waits in the tunnel prior to warmups before their game against the New York Islanders on October 24, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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