Hockey is rife with mentors, whether they are actual fathers or paternal influences in the figurative sense.
From living legends to journeymen, the league has no shortage of elder statesmen who are revered by their peers for their wealth of knowledge, willingness to teach and patience with members of the younger generation.
Here are hockey's best father figures:
The Panthers' young core has blossomed since Jagr's arrival. Huberdeau has nine points in his last eight contests and Barkov has eight points over that span.
Florida may be on the outside of the playoff picture, but they've taken a big step in 2014-15 and Jagr has played a major part in their resurgence.
The Panthers are on the cusp, and if Jagr is a man of his word, he'll likely continue to serve as an example for a promising group of emerging stars.
The Panthers may be building around a young core, but they have a pair of paternal veterans.
Ekblad is now a Calder Trophy candidate with 37 points in 79 games. He is tied for third among all rookies in time-on-ice, averaging 21:48.
Mitchell is in his 14th NHL season, and while he hasn't produced much on the ice, taking Ekblad under his wing has clearly been instrumental in the teenager's development.
The 39-year-old has carved out an impressive career, but he's not riding off into the sunset yet.
Not much was expected from St. Louis in his 16th NHL season, but he has excelled while quietly providing leadership for the league's best team.
Honorable mentions: Bob Cole, Lou Lamoriello.