Justin Goldman is the Founder and Creative Director of TheHockeyGuild.com and a contributor to HockeyBarn.com. You can catch Justin's column "The Goalie Guild" each week on HockeyBarn, as he shares insight on the most important position on the ice. The photos accompanying this article are courtesy of Trevor Leahy, pioneer of this goaltending art of deception.

Goalie pad companies sure are doing some incredible things these days. Thanks to years of research and all-new lighter, more durable materials, pad designers and manufacturers continue to push the envelope on a yearly basis. With the hopes of enhancing a goalie's game through their more comfortable and effective gear, companies work hard day in and day out to gain proud and loyal goalie customers for life.

But once in a blue moon something or someone comes along that goes well beyond taking a simple step in evolution - it's a straight up Revolution. It doesn't always come from someone who has years of experience or from someone who invested millions of dollars - sometimes it just comes from enthusiastic people with a simple and effective idea.

Introducing Goalieflage, created by high school netminder Trevor Leahy. This brand new camouflaged leg pad pattern is about to take the goalie community by storm, as it has truly taken the ageless art of design and function to a new and exciting level.

Leahy, a native of New Hampshire, has successfully combined the historic arts of deception and design by creating a graphic pattern for leg pads that mirrors actual goal netting. By using a "raised or lifted" off-white cross-stitching on the surface of the pads, Leahy mimics the same pattern of the net on a pair of solid white pads to create the ultimate set of camouflaged leg pads that mankind has ever seen.

Just take a look at this up-close photo of the Goalieflage leg pad. Simple. Brilliant. Deceptive. Effective. At first glance, it might seem to many people like a pretty cool high school science project, but what I and so many other goalies see is flawless creativity.

Without getting knee-deep into the science of vision and brain feedback, I'll side with Occam's Razor. It makes reasonable, logical, obvious sense that a shooter is not going to see a white leg pad as easily as a red or black leg pad. We have all shot enough pucks at goalies to realize a shooter is going to have to think just a slight bit harder to focus on picking a spot when you're spending more time trying to see what amount of space is open.

Honestly, Goalieflage's deceptive nature is not just about color, either. The pad's depth in the net is a big part of the debate on effectiveness. Simply put, you can't gauge what space you have to shoot at when you see a goalie in all white Goalieflage pads. The higher up he is in the crease, the less space you actually have to shoot at. So when a goalie pushes from his post to the top of his crease, it only stands to reason that a shooter might hesitate for a split nanosecond in order to better gauge the space available to him, and the exact angle and sightline that must be achieved to score.

That being said, regardless of whether you want to believe it or not, the Goalieflage pads have a definite advantage over normal pads. At what amount or level that advantage is, well, that depends on the shooter's keen sense of mind. Finally the goalie gets a chance to fight back from all those pad restrictions handed down over the last few years. Finally the goalie can fairly employ a slight psychological edge on the shooter. Finally...something new to push the goalie position forward.

Now I'm no physics teacher or optometrist, but as a goalie coach, player and analyst, I can't even begin to explain how intriguing Goalieflage is. Automatically I think about an NHL goalie trying it out and unfortunately I automatically see the league disallowing it. What with all of the equipment size restrictions, the tapering of leg pads and goalie pants and all, it's only a matter of time before the NHL approves a rule that won't allow raised stitching in a net-like pattern.

Even though there's nothing in the rule book right now that would prevent this...it's hard to believe it will stay that way. And even if it does, would NHL goalies be impressed enough to even use this raised pattern if allowed to? Most definitely. Why? Because it doesn't affect anything technically or physically in their game, it's merely a cosmetic alteration or addition.

If you look closely at the leg pads being used at the NHL level, there's already a certain type of "raised" stitching, but mainly in the form of layered pieces of leather that is later traced out into patterns or "graphics" as they are commonly referred to. So why can't the actual stitching be in a pattern that mimics the net in color and in design? What rule or statute does that disobey? What about all of the NHL goalies that have switched from a colored set of pads to a pair that is all white or mostly white with only colored trim?

Better yet, if Pavel Datsyuk gets to use a stick that has holes in the shaft, which increases speed and overall shot velocity, why can't Marty Turco wear leg pads that increase psychological confidence and overall body deception?

And for all of you shooters out there that look at the Goalieflage pads and automatically dismiss them by saying they "don't work" or "wouldn't distract me at all in a game", then the proof of that will be in the pudding. If the NHL allows goalies to use this pattern on leg pads, it's only because players and the NHLPA agrees that it doesn't hinder shooters unfairly or directly decrease scoring. But as soon as the NHL decides to introduce a rule that forbids this pattern, you know it's because players deem it unfair.

I stress to all goaltenders out there reading this article to do some research for yourself ... look up the science behind it and decide for yourself whether Goalieflage presents a physical and real advantage or not. If it does, ask yourself if it should be allowed at the NHL or professional levels. If it doesn't, ask yourself how the NHL could possibly outlaw it if there's no real disadvantage to shooters. I know that in my game tonight I will certainly be thinking more about what the shooter sees during that short instant when a shot is taken.

So through everything I discovered this week, including a simply brilliant young goalie in New Hampshire, the newest phenomenon in the world of goaltending equipment, scientific research about an athlete's vision and eye-hand coordination, there's only one thing left to figure out - is it going to be allowed at the NHL level? If so, does that set a new precedent for all of North America, maybe even the IIHF and the entire world?

Those are the questions I'll ultimately be asking myself over and over again until something is officially announced. Either way, the ability of a high school goalie to take control of his creative integrity and apply it in a seamless, effective, quality product is proof that hockey goalies really are advanced and evolved athletic creatures.

For those goalies foaming at the mouth to learn more about Goalieflage, you're not alone. I have been fortunate to be able to get a good beat on this story early in the game, so stick around for an exclusive interview with Trevor on my first-ever installment of The Goalie Guild radio show, powered by The Hockey Guild. We'll be following Trevor's exciting adventures and supporting him as Goalieflage continues to gain attention around the country. It's going to be interesting ride for him to say the least, so let's give him our support for the good of goalies everywhere!