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Goalies Favoring White Pads

Fluto Shinzawa writes in his Bruins Blog that Tim Thomas is joining a growing trend by switching to white pads for the optical effect they have on shooters.

Last season, upon the suggestion of optometrist Janet Leduc, Fleury changed to white pads from yellow. The theory, according to Leduc, is that yellow — think of school buses — catches the eye more than any other color, making Fleury and his pads stand out to shooters, especially framed against the white end boards. If Fleury wore white pads, he’d blend into the boards and perhaps appear bigger to shooters. Fleury made the switch, and we all know how far he helped carry the Penguins.

Thomas, Manny Fernandez, and Tuukka Rask are now all wearing white pads. Kevin Regan is still using his blue University of New Hampshire pads.

Interesting idea. Reminds me of the floating 5 hole Patrick Roy used to employ.

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