Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Maybe MAF Should Forget the Optometrist's Advice and Take It from This Kid

I didn't see the story, but John told me that Keith Oberman made mention of the following on his show last night. It's not Pens-related, but I thought it was interesting enough to share.

So I did a little searching online and came up with the article in the Boston Globe (

"Teen goalie designs pads to trick shots"

Trevor Leahy, goalie for Pingree High School in South Hamilton, MA, created and patented the design for his pads. The design -- that resembling goal netting (white with raised double-stitch).

Since he started using the pads, blocker, and trapper with this design, he's recorded two shutouts and two of his teammates who happen to be top scorers say "the illusion is particularly effective when there's a scramble in front of the net and they need to shoot quickly," but that the illusion isn't as effective the farther away you are from the net.
"When you're in close and you don't have a lot of time to think, it does catch your eye, and you do shoot toward it sometimes," said Matt MacDonald, a cocaptain from Byfield.