By: Randy Schultz
Slapping stickers on hockey helmets is a popular pastime among youth hockey players. Actually making the things — developing a product, researching it, forming a family business that distributes them throughout the country — well, that’s not really something you hear about as often.
But then again, you probably haven’t heard of Greyson MacLean. A few years ago when the Peewee goalie from the Arrowhead Youth Hockey Association was frustrated with the permanent stickers that came with his Legos, so he suggested the idea of BrickStix to his mother.
What started as something of a family joke has since taken off around North America. The product, which uses static cling rather than any sticky adhesive, are now distributed throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada and have earned Greyson a nomination as the Young Inventor of the Year.
“I have learned that it pays to be patient,” says Greyson of having to wait for patents to be filed and lead testing to be completed. “Nothing happens right away. It’s all very slow and gradual.”