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Re: NHL 2008-2009 General Discussion
« Reply #50 on: Jan 26, 2009, 03:44 AM »


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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. 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.

SOUTH HAMILTON - While daydreaming in his high school chemistry class, hockey goaltender Trevor Leahy began to think about the opposing forwards who buzz around him when Pingree School hits the ice.

What are they looking for, he asked himself.

Open net.

But why does he wear dark blue pads that let shooters zero in on a target?

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."

Since the days when Boston Bruins' goaltender Gerry Cheevers started inking stitches onto his mask each time the equipment protected his face, many goalies have expressed their individuality with designs and paintings on their mask or other pieces of equipment. But Leahy's design - essentially a camouflage for a goal that is 4 feet high and 6 feet wide - has hockey players and coaches amazed and impressed.

Darren Stomp, the custom pad maker from Kingsville, Ontario, who designed Leahy's equipment, has had other goaltenders ask him to add orange and black tiger stripes and other designs. But those changes were cosmetic. "It might be the most clever idea," Stomp said. "I don't think there's any question it will work, although to what degree depends on the shooter and the situation."

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.

"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.

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.

Not everyone is as sold on the theory. In the locker room after a recent 4-3 overtime loss, players from Dexter School of Brookline said that they barely noticed the design on the pads and that it didn't attract their attention - or their shots.

"I noticed it, but just thought it was a design on the pads," said senior forward Robert Lerro. "It just looked like squares."

John Gardner, the longtime hockey coach at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut and president of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association, said the association has received no complaints about the pads. The association follows National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, he said, and regulations regarding goalie pads are basically confined to the size of the equipment and not the design.

"It's a novel idea," said Gardner.

Leahy applied for the design patent last February, and it is pending. He and his mother, Judie, flew to Canada and met with Stomp on Oct. 13 to discuss ideas for implementing the design. He received the pads Nov. 29, and began using them in practice and then in games.

At the Pingree Holiday Tournament in late December, Leahy backstopped Pingree to two shutouts in one day - a 1-0 win over Northwood School from Lake Placid in the morning and a 3-0 win over Kents Hill School of Maine that night. For the season he has a goals-against average under 2.00, and he has had some memorable nights with more than 40 saves against some of the prep school elite teams.

Longtime Pingree coach Buddy Taft won't give all the credit to the pads - the 5-foot-6-inch Leahy is very quick and has worked on his game, he says - but thinks the theory Leahy used to develop the pads has merit.

"It all makes sense," he said. "I'm not sure if there's any effective way to test their success, but he's played pretty well."

Leahy wrote a paper about the process as part of his application to the University of New Hampshire (the paper referenced Darwinism and creatures that adapt to their habitat via camouflage), and received notice of early acceptance. He has also applied to Northeastern, Providence College, Emerson College, and Boston University.

"We really encourage our kids to think outside of the box," Taft said. "Trevor is a good example of that."

Exactly what will happen to the pads after this season is unclear. Leahy said he would like to play hockey in college, probably at the club level, and wants to market the idea.

"It would definitely be cool to get it out there and get other guys in the future wearing it," he said
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Re: NHL 2008-2009 General Discussion
« Reply #51 on: Feb 18, 2009, 08:25 PM »
The lil guy I Nanny for is playing the intermission at the Canucks game on March 13th!! ( his peewee team) Its SO EXCITING! Hes been looking forward to this day since he could talk. I am so damn proud of him...Ive been his Nanny for 5 years (he's 6) and we play hockey everyday, since he was able to walk, same with his 3 yr old brother, and the twins who are only 10 mnts. Yeah I have my own lil team at work, as soon as those new babies walk they can be D. lol. We've had it all figured out since we found out my boss was having twin boys.  :D (they always make me be goalie  :roll:)
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« Reply #52 on: Mar 11, 2009, 06:01 PM »
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« Reply #53 on: Mar 11, 2009, 06:27 PM »
Nice find Refuck :lol:
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Re: NHL 2008-2009 General Discussion
« Reply #54 on: May 14, 2009, 08:45 PM »
Anaheim got sucked in viciously!  Cleary pushed Hillier's pad in the net, there's no way that goal should have counted, the Wings better not win the cup again!

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« Reply #55 on: May 14, 2009, 09:00 PM »
Anaheim got sucked in viciously!  Cleary pushed Hillier's pad in the net

...or did he?
 Like "Big Head" Bob MacKenzie said, and I paraphrase, Detroit was getting the wrong end of the shit stick as far as penalties and general injustice. Even if it wasn't a good call on the winning call, the outcome was the right one, whether I like it or not. Go Leafs Go.
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Re: NHL 2008-2009 General Discussion
« Reply #56 on: May 14, 2009, 09:01 PM »
I think it was a good goal.  The puck was free and Hiller moved his leg backward and it went in.

Nice to see the Original 6 matchup in the west, be 3 of 4 if B's win.  Cheering for the upset though.
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Re: NHL 2008-2009 General Discussion
« Reply #57 on: May 14, 2009, 09:40 PM »
I always thought it would be Bruins vs. Red Wings (fuckin' Red Wings are always in it..shake fist!). I'm a New Yorker, so we never root for Boston ('specially in Baseball!)..however my friend is devoted to them. So here's to ya Mike  :D

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« Reply #58 on: May 14, 2009, 09:44 PM »
I think it was a good goal.  The puck was free and Hiller moved his leg backward and it went in.

Nice to see the Original 6 matchup in the west, be 3 of 4 if B's win.  Cheering for the upset though.

Nah watch the replay, Cleary clearly pushed his pad over the line.

I'd love to see the Hawks beat the Wings, they are chocked full of good Canadian talent, unlike the wretched Wings.  It was a sad day in Canadian hockey when Detroit won the cup last year, without Yzerman leading them :(

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« Reply #59 on: May 14, 2009, 10:28 PM »
another great game, B's upset by the Huzzahcanes.  I think it'll be Canes Hawks for the cup.
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Re: NHL 2008-2009 General Discussion
« Reply #60 on: May 15, 2009, 01:18 AM »
Detroits got this.
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« Reply #61 on: May 15, 2009, 11:16 AM »
We owe Detroit one. Canes are going down in six. If the Hawks win it will be a repeat of 1992
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« Reply #62 on: Jun 09, 2009, 11:39 PM »
:bravo: Game 7 Coming Up :check:

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« Reply #63 on: Jun 10, 2009, 11:44 AM »
Gonna be a good final.  I'm not as confident as the smiley's just above me.  But Game 7, Stanley Cup Finals, can't beat it.
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« Reply #64 on: Jun 10, 2009, 03:05 PM »
Gonna be a good final.  I'm not as confident as the smiley's just above me.  But Game 7, Stanley Cup Finals, can't beat it.

Likewise, it could go either way. But I gotta go with the home team. They are due to win one in Detroit.
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« Reply #65 on: Jun 10, 2009, 03:49 PM »
I, painfully, agree Walter. I would like to see the Pen's go in and steal the cup from under Detroit's collective noses.
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« Reply #66 on: Jun 10, 2009, 04:37 PM »
Trevor Leahy of...

Surprised nobody mentioned his last name, Leahy - Trevor Lahey?

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« Reply #67 on: Jun 11, 2009, 09:05 AM »
Gonna be a good final.  I'm not as confident as the smiley's just above me.  But Game 7, Stanley Cup Finals, can't beat it.

Likewise, it could go either way. But I gotta go with the home team. They are due to win one in Detroit.

I meant "my home team". I think the Pens are going to win 5-3 to clinch their first cup since 1992. Law of averages and all that shit. Watching NHL On The Fly now to see what the talking heads have to say.
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« Reply #68 on: Jun 11, 2009, 09:10 AM »
I'm pretty stoked for game 7 tomorrow night. I would love to see the Pens win but I'm on the fence making any kind of proclamation.
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« Reply #69 on: Jun 11, 2009, 09:20 AM »
Home team has won the last 17 game 7 championship games in MLB, NBA and NHL. The '79 Pirates the last road team to win.

(I was at that game in Baltimore being escorted from the stadium by security as the Pirates got the last three outs in the ninth)

This has to end sometime.  I like the Pirates - Pens synergy here. Go Pens!
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« Reply #70 on: Jun 11, 2009, 09:30 AM »
Oh fuck man, what a great story 8) :lol: I can almost picture that. I take it that you are banned from a few sports stadiums?
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