Of course you had an impact. A tremendous one. He skated at that practice and realized that he had no future or prospect of development if he played with you and moved on. You probably did more for that kid than you realize. So thanks and congrats to you for being a bad coach !
Why do programs keep sending Twitter Congrats shout outs about former players who quit the program, team and coach? Don’t these coaches and program owners feel like shameless idiot tools?
surprised this thread as continued this long, its really quite simple: the program is promoting itself: 'look who we produced'. then the question is did they really? well that is up to the player/parents. even a single season can have an impact (even just to re-energize their love of the sport) which leads to three paths:
player knows about it and agrees --- i assume you now have no issue
player knows about it and disagrees --- in which case he can respond to the tweet (which will show on the promoters page). i would assume at that point it the thread would be deleted, but the damage is done.
player is unaware --- then let him know, tweet message (if it is protected, then send to a teammate or the team)