Cool Goalie Mask Art: 25 of the Best Designs from the NHL in Recent Memory

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Cool Goalie Mask Art:  25 of the Best Designs from the NHL in Recent Memory
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It's the most unique forms of expression allowed in all of pro-sports.

Never mind the tattoos that some NBA and NFL players seem content to cover themselves with.  While that is one way to express yourself, anyone can go out and get a tattoo of whatever they want (especially at their given pay rates!)

And while there are several "tatted up" hockey players as well, there are only four players in a building at any given time who can show off their creativity and flair on the rink itself—that's a right reserved for the goaltenders.

Ever since 1959 when Jacques Plante found a way to weasel into a game while wearing a mask, it has (slowly at first) become a mainstay for the game, and one of the coolest things about it.  Hockey cards have been dedicated to the piece of equipment, and it's to the point now where current goaltenders will pay homage to old school guys via their designs.

A far cry from what followed Plante and his choice to wear a face shield in a game.

Since then, obviously masks have changed.  They no long impair vision, and the designs have only got cooler and cooler.  While classic standouts like Gerry Cheevers and Grant Fuhr usually populate lists like this, I wanted to approach this with a simple question in mind:

Whose mask is the coolest?

Granted some of these players make their masks cool, while for others it's the other way around.  Either way, here are the top 25 masks in recent memory.

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