Missed majority of 1990-91 due to neck injury vs. Sudbury (OHL), December 4, 1990. Awarded to Dallas from Toronto with Peter Zezel as compensation for Toronto's signing of free agent Mike Craig, August 10, 1994. Traded to Columbus by Dallas for Columbus' 2nd round choice (Loui Eriksson) in 2003 Entry Draft, August 29, 2001. Traded to New Jersey by Columbus for New Jersey's 4th round choice (later traded to Carolina later traded to Calgary Calgary selected Kristopher Hogg) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 10, 2003.
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