The slap shot is an integral element in luring novice hockey fans to the sport and stoking the continued interest of established enthusiasts.
Look no further than the cinema, where there is one series of films entitled none other than Slap Shot and another series, namely the Mighty Ducks trilogy, where one character possesses a trademark slapper that is universally feared.
If nothing else, the makers of those movies deserve a stick salute for recognizing the mesmerizing aspect of a physically and/or statistically damaging slap shot. Besides generating high-priority highlights, they can hold a psychological sway that ultimately wins critical games or at least spawns a reversal or enhancement of momentum.
Whether they have done it once in their careers, once in a while or once on a near-nightly basis, these are the players who have flaunted the 50 most memorable slappers in the NHL. Not to give too much away, they shall be presented in a slightly different A to Z format, the "A" being Al Iafrate and the "Z" being Zdeno Chara.