Besides satirizing the popular style of play at the time, Slap Shot underlined one of hockey's key novel concepts from the 1970s when Charlestown Chiefs goaltender Denis Lemieux decorated his mask late in the team's turnaround season.
The Chiefs were all about collective meanness, and Lemieux took the opportunity to put a symbolic stamp on that.
In real life, once netminders were in the second-nature habit of minding their faces, they soon began to adopt what was literally a second face, a game face. And the creativity has only grown exponentially better in the decades since.
The NHL all but pioneered the puck-stoppers' personality movement through the 1990s with such iconic paintings as Ed Belfour's eagle. But it is now especially trendy at the minor professional, major junior, Division I college and international levels to go beyond just the team logo and colors.
Whether it is a personal statement, an homage to one's employer, a nod to the team's locality or a combination of the above, the hockey world offers an overwhelming abundance of enthralling artwork. The 25 best specimens found outside the NHL, but readily on the web, are as follows.