goal·tend·er | \ˈgōl-ˌten-dər \

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Ice slots for goaltenders are scheduled at 8 and 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 and 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers' top prospects will be on display at development camp beginning Thursday," 26 June 2018 Tocchet turns focus to off-season Raanta finished the season as the NHL's leader in goals allowed average (2.24) and save percentage (.930) among goaltenders with at least 46 games played. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes shut out by Anaheim Ducks in season finale," 7 Apr. 2018 At 1:07 of the third period, junior Brian Clougherty tied the score at 2-2 for the Jets, sliding the puck five-hole off a rush to the net against Swampscott goaltender Dan Johnson (30 saves). Chris Bokum, BostonGlobe.com, "Conor Donovan scores twice as Swampscott tops Lynn," 10 Mar. 2018 Players also have refused those invitations in the past -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas declined to visit the White House in 2012 over disagreements with President Barack Obama's policies. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner celebrate with Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals," 10 June 2018 Here are the regular-season and playoff grades for their defensemen and goaltenders. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Grading the Flyers: Mixed bag of reviews for defense and goalies," 3 May 2018 An obvious issue is the long-term future at goaltender, with mainstay Roberto Luongo now 39. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "The Optimism Challenge: Find good in what's next for Dolphins, Heat, Marlins and Panthers | Miami Herald," 2 May 2018 Foster was picked up on Thursday as an emergency goalie after all of their goaltenders were injured, with Foster being sent into the game during the third period. Time, "This Accountant Stepped In as the Emergency Goalie in a NHL Hockey Game. He Killed It.," 30 Mar. 2018 Two of the top defenses and goaltenders in the state were going to make that next to impossible. Jake Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "Top-ranked Hingham silences Xaverian in lacrosse," 13 June 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goaltender

: a player who defends the goal in various games (especially hockey)


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