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04-27-2009, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Victory Ali* View Post
I've always wondered what the psychology behind pad colors was. I wonder if there actually is a difference between colors. I think I might write Mythbusters is a few minutes and pose this question.
The reason that Fleury changed was because of an Ottawa ophthalmologist that had noticed that yellow is a color that attracts inadvertent attention much more quickly. The white actually makes finding the goalie pads a touch more difficult. We're obviously dealing in fractions of a second here, but for elite players, a fraction of a second is a pretty sizable advantage.

(One report on the Fleury story at

I'm sure Reebok wasn't pleased, considering how big a seller the yellow pads were, but I'm a bit more concerned with Fleury's play than Reebok's profit margin

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