24. Gerry Cheever's Stitch Goalie Mask

Debuted: 1970
Famed Appearance: In the crease for the Boston Bruins in 1970

It's commonplace nowadays for professional net-minders to man the crease behind an intimidating goalie mask. They have former Boston Bruins goalie Gerry Cheever to thank for this practice. Always the type of player to skip out of practice in favor of a smoke and a drink, Cheever did just that after taking a puck to the face during a training session. Following a tongue-lashing by his coach, Harry Sinden, the always cheeky Cheever had the equipment manager place a scar on his mask, and would add a fresh scratch every time he was struck with a ruthless slapper.