Trevor Leahy. Does his name ring a bell? Probably not, but that may change soon. Leahy is a goaltender for his high school hockey team in Hampton, New Hampshire. He was doing what every high school student does, daydream in class. The difference, though, was his dream. Leahy was wondering why he was wearing dark blue pads when what the other team is looking for is the open part of the net?
Boston Globe reporter David Rattigan tells the story of Leahy’s dream coming to life.
computer skills he learned in a graphic design class at the private
school in South Hamilton, Leahy sketched out new leg pads that blend
into the goal netting behind him. He wanted pads, a trapper, and a
blocker that are white with a raised double-stitched design, just like
the goal. He applied for a design patent and had them custom-made by a
Canada-based pad maker.
“When the shooter comes down and only has
a split second to shoot the puck, they’re looking for net,” said Leahy,
a senior from Hampton, N.H., who grew up in Byfield. “If you put the
net on the pad, they’ll shoot at the pad instead of the goal.”
There is no scientific evidence that Leahy’s pads are truly tricking the shooters, but he has backstopped two shutouts since receiving the pads. His patent is pending and he wrote a paper on his design process as part of his application to the University of New Hampshire where he has been granted early admission.
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