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Goalie scores attention with hockey-pad design
(Globe photo/Lisa Poole)
Trevor Leahy, with his pads, during a recent practice at the Pingree School in South Hamilton.
By David Rattigan, Globe Correspondent
Trevor Leahy, a senior at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, is making quite the media splash since word got out that he has designed hockey goalie pads that blend into the goal netting.
Last night, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann named Leahy third on the list of "World's Best Persons" and compared the high school goaltender to Thomas Edison.
The Globe had featured his story on Sunday. With the help of Canadian pad maker Darren Stomp, Leahy put a raised, double-stitched design intended to look like goal netting onto white leg pads, blocker, and trapper.
His theory, which he developed while daydreaming in chemistry class, is that the pattern will draw the attention - and therefore the shots - of opposing players scrambling in front of the net.
On Tuesday, the report was reprinted in the sports pages of the Toronto Star, and on the same day Leahy participated in telephone interviews with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (for radio) and ESPN The Magazine.
The story has popped up all over the Internet, inspiring commentary and argument on multiple chatboards and blogs, most of them hockey related. Some comments have questioned the originality of the idea and sportsmanship of it, while others have lauded the teenager's ingenuity.
"It's crazy," said Leahy, 18. "It's always good to have exposure but I didn't think it would become this huge."
There have been no business offers, yet.
"I don't know if it will go that far, but it would be pretty neat," said Leahy, who has coined a name for his design (Goalieflage) and purchased an Internet domain name.
Leahy's grandmother, Hilda Goodin, was watching television in her Whitehall, Pa., home when she heard him mentioned on Olbermann's show.
"I got so excited when I saw his name,'' on the screen, said Goodin, who immediately called and left a message with Leahy's mother in Hampton, N.H. "To me, it's just unbelievable. ... Trevor is one guy whose mind is always working on something."