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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Harry Sinden said I was the goaltender of the future.
▪ I got a team that is a defensive-oriented team, and I am just in a perfect situation for a goaltender.
▪ Instead, Kasper will recall a goaltender from Providence.
▪ The same could be said for any goaltender.
▪ What it means for the remaining goaltenders is uncertain.

n. (context sports English) a designated player that attempts to prevent the opposing team from scoring by protecting a goal.

  1. n. the soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goal [syn: goalkeeper, goalie, netkeeper, netminder]

  2. the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring [syn: goalkeeper, goalie, netkeeper]


In ice hockey, the goaltender is the player responsible for preventing the puck from entering their team's net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring. The goaltender usually plays in or near the area in front of the net called the goal crease (often referred to simply as '' the crease'' or the net). Goaltenders tend to stay at or beyond the top of the crease to cut down on the angle of shots. In today's age of goaltending there are two common styles, butterfly and hybrid (hybrid is a mix of the traditional stand-up style and butterfly technique). Because of the power of shots, the goaltender wears special equipment designed to protect the body from direct impact. The goalie is one of the most valuable players on the ice, as their performance can greatly change the outcome or score of the game. One-on-one situations, such as breakaways and shootouts, have the tendency to highlight a goaltender's pure skill, or lack thereof. Only one goaltender is allowed to be on the ice for each team at any given time.

The goaltender is also known as the goalie, goaler, goalkeeper, net minder, and tendy by those involved in the hockey community. In the early days of the sport, the term was spelled with a hyphen as goal-tender. The art of playing the position is called goaltending and there are coaches, usually called the goalie coach who specialize exclusively in working with goaltenders. The variation goalie is typically used for items associated with the position, such as goalie stick and goalie pads.

Goaltender (field lacrosse)

In field lacrosse, the goaltender (goalie, goalkeeper, or the keeper) is the last line of defense between the opposing offense and the goal. The goaltender's primary roles are to defend the opposing team's shots on goal and to direct the defense.

Goaltender (box lacrosse)

The goaltender or goalie is a playing position in indoor or box lacrosse. More heavily armoured than a field lacrosse goaltender, since the invent of indoor lacrosse in 1931, the box lacrosse goalie has evolved into a much different position than its field lacrosse cousin.

Usage examples of "goaltender".

He tripped and created so much confusion that Larry Wilson was able to pop the puck over the York goaltender with a backhand shot.