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07-26-2009, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by CapnCrunch View Post
This is my own personal philosophy, but I find a lot of people respond better to positive re-enforcement. When he does get back & plays D or puts all his effort in, congratulate him. This way you keep it fun, and you can indirectly help him develop into more of a complete player.

Now not everybody responds the same way when they're getting ripped, but every hockey player likes getting re-assured that they're contributing, it keeps the game fun!
I agree with this. "Tearing him a new one" might just embarrass or discourage him to a point where hockey is no longer fun to him- and maybe he just quits. Hockey is, after all, supposed to be fun.

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