Definition of penalty killer in English:

penalty killer


Ice Hockey
  • A player who plays while their own team is reduced through a penalty, especially one skilled at preventing the opposing team from scoring.

    • ‘The penalty killers need to maintain their smothering style and the power play needs to turn it up.’
    • ‘The addition of the player, a hard-hitting penalty killer, should help.’
    • ‘The penalty killers have been together a long time, and they know each other well.’
    • ‘He's physical, a good penalty killer and is younger than 30.’
    • ‘The team in the next round might have better penalty killers, squelching the opportunity to win on special teams.’