goalie pad designers (hockey)

are there any hockey goalie equipment designers out there who’d be willing to talk shop?

I want to get into this line of work and I’d like to here from some goalie pad designers about how they got into it (ie education, training…), Or anyone who thinks they have some advice about that industry. I’ve had a really hard time finding anyone in the industry willing to talk shop.

I have a BA in studio art and work as a graphic designer and illustrator in the apparel industry. I think I’m going to have to go back to school for industrial design but there are tons of options out there, does anyone have advice about specific industrial design programs for protective soft goods?