These days, however, they're designed for artists, as goalies are now constantly looking to one-up the competition with the most impressive designs in the league.
This year, Coyotes netminder Jason LaBarbera picked it up a notch and, working with artist David Arrigo, paid homage to fallen hero Pat Tillman.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Best helmet ever?
Photos courtesy of davidarrigo.com
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood."
— Hank Williams, Jr., on comparing Barack Obama to Hitler.
TWEET OF THE DAY
If Don read this, I'm pretty sure he'd respond with his token: "Thanks very much…" in some sort of funny accent. #Orsillio?
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Too Much Moneyball.