Definition of penalty killer in English:

penalty killer

noun

Ice Hockey
  • A player specializing in preventing the opposing side from scoring while the strength of that player's team is reduced through penalties.

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