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Laviolette Chats with NHL Live

Peter Laviolette chatted with NHL Live this morning. 

On the importance of being repetitive:

“You figure out how you want your team to play,  and you create that identity,.and you work that identity…over and over through repetition, until it becomes natural, ’til you could do it with the lights off.”

On the importance of consistency in the team’s system.

“When you start moving your system a little bit too much, and you start trying different things, and shaking it up here and there, all of a sudden you don’t find success… All of a sudden your team at the end of the year… will say “we’re confused, we don’t know what we’re doing.”  So you gotta be careful not to change your identity too much… Make small changes based on what you need to do to win hockey games.”

Sounds good to me.  TM?  Any questions?

On decision making:

“a big part of your job as coach is to watch and get an idea of what you need to do, whether it be in practice or in a game. Your job is to make sure that you do it, and not to let something go too long, not to make the comfortable decision…if you see something, you need to act on it.

“I told myself early on…you’re watching things and you’re not sure, and you’re winning the game 3-1, but the team’s coming and they made it 3-2…and you’re sitting there on the bench and you think “the team’s turning, maybe I should call a time out,” and you don’t do it… and then you’ve lost the game and you look back and you say “I should’ve done it.” I’ve lived that… if you think something, you need to do it. You’re going to have to live with the consequences either way.”

“If it’s in your gut and you think you need to do it, do it.”

Good advice all around. Better to regret action than inaction.

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