Canadian Major Junior Scholastic Player of the Year (1996)
Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 23, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 5, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 7, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), November 3, 2009.
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