Each player has a unique role to fulfill on the ice in both offensive and defensive situations.
In this chapter, we will learn about the goalie and his role on the ice.
Meet The Goalie (G)
Also known as a goaltender, goalkeeper, and netminder, the goalie is the last line of defense for a hockey team for keeping the puck out of the net. Goalies are responsible for making saves and periodically playing the puck by passing it to teammates on the ice.
Goals And Job
- to stop the puck from entering the net
- to block and catch shots on goal
- to pass the puck to teammates
The good goalie accomplishes these goals by constantly shifting and changing his position on the ice based on the location of the puck.
The bigger a goalie can make himself, the larger the portion of the net he blocks and protects.
Goalie Playing Styles
There are three (3) main playing styles used by ice hockey goalies:
A hybrid goaltending technique takes portions of both the butterfly and stand-up styles and blends them into one.
There are few important statistics that define a good goalie:
We'll learn more about ice hockey statistics in future tutorials.
Top NHL Goalies Of All Time
- Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
- Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
- Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
2017-18 NHL Goalies
Here are some goalies in the NHL currently that you should know:
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
- Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks
- Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
- Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens