Trevor Leahy of Hampton, N.H., a senior and an ice hockey goalie at Pingree School, is trying to patent the goalie pad design he created. (Lisa Poole for The Boston Globe)
What are they looking for, he asked himself.
Using 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.”
So far, Leahy has logged two shutouts with the pads. In practice, two of Pingree’s top scorers say, the illusion is particularly effective when there’s a scramble in front of the net and they need to shoot quickly.
Both MacDonald and senior Tony Sardo of Gloucester say they have fired the puck directly into Leahy’s pads. The illusion diminishes if they are farther from the net, with more time to shoot.
“I’ve never seen anything like them,” Sardo said of the pads.
Hahaha, great idea, Bettman will be crying once he hears this.