Traded to Kamloops (WHL) by Spokane (WHL) for Ryan Thorpe, February 1, 1999. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to shoulder injury in off-season training, July 15, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Anchorage (WCHL), February 21, 2003 with Chicago retaining NHL rights. Traded to Florida by Chicago for future considerations, March 2, 2004.
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