Definition of goaltender in English:



North American
  • A goalkeeper, especially in ice hockey.

    • ‘Richter recorded nine postseason shutouts as the Rangers goaltender.’
    • ‘Talking about the challenges and pressures he faced, O'Connell then worked his way through the coaches, forwards, defensemen and goaltenders and told them what they have to overcome.’
    • ‘Sure, but the best defensemen and goaltenders would be up against the best of the offense.’
    • ‘‘I used to be a stand-up goaltender,’ says Rangers and Team USA goalie Mike Richter.’
    • ‘But most coaches, Sutter included, say their best penalty killer is their goaltender.’
    • ‘And since its hard-bitten goaltender turned in three shutouts in the first round, the team's fans have turned rabid in the heat.’
    • ‘Several defensemen and goaltenders were equally deserving of consideration because of their critical importance to their teams' success.’
    • ‘Teams have gone overseas to find battle-tested goaltenders and seasoned puck-handling defensemen to help run the power play.’
    • ‘You still have to protect the goaltender - especially from incidental contact in the crease because goalies are fair game again.’
    • ‘After that, the rule was changed to specify that a goaltender must defend against a penalty shot.’
    • ‘Here's a look at the goaltenders, defensemen and forwards who might never be in such a precarious spot again.’
    • ‘But one NHL team official says comparing different cities' prices is like comparing goaltenders to defensemen.’
    • ‘Apparently, some of the Avalanche goaltender's playoff magic has rubbed off on rookie left winger Alex Tanguay, who has lived in Roy's basement all season.’
    • ‘I remember being goaltender for most of the year because I was back-up goalie and the goaltender got the measles for most of the season.’
    • ‘The game's dominant wingers play the right side, and a right-catching goaltender can be a tough puzzle for shooters to solve.’
    • ‘His quickness in going to the net often catches defensemen and goaltenders asleep.’
    • ‘Much like goaltenders, defensemen mature slowly.’
    • ‘They know how many times he has been whacked and hacked by opposing defensemen and goaltenders.’
    • ‘Each team can protect players under one of the two following combinations: one goaltender, five defensemen and nine forwards or two goaltenders, three defensemen and seven forwards.’
    • ‘He notes other ways goaltenders cheat - such as wearing their goalie pads loose so they drop in a way that covers the net better, even when they can't get into position.’