Definitions for goaltenderˈgoʊlˌtɛn dər
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Origin of goaltender:
goalkeeper, goalie, goaltender, netkeeper, netminder(noun)
the soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goal
goalkeeper, goalie, goaltender, netkeeper(noun)
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
a designated player that protects a goal by attempting to prevent the opposing team from scoring.
Origin: “goal” + “tend” + “-er”
In ice hockey, the goaltender, also known colloquially as the goalie, is the player who defends their team's goal net by stopping shots of the puck from entering their team's net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring. The goalie usually plays in or near the area in front of the net called the goal crease. Goalies tend to stay at or beyond the top of the crease to cut down on the angle of shots. 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. Only one goalie is allowed to be on the ice for each team at any given time.
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