goal·​tend·​er | \ˈgōl-ˌten-dər \

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The signings of goaltender Jonathan Bernier, defenseman Mike Green and forward Thomas Vanek fill needs at each position while simultaneously fitting into organizational plans to transition toward youth. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings: Veterans important, but 'kids get an opportunity'," 2 July 2018 Montembeault, 22, is regarded as the club’s goaltender of the future once Luongo retires. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers add Michael Hutchinson to organizational goaltending depth," 1 July 2018 Chicago signed four-time Stanley Cup winner Chris Kunitz plus goaltender Cam Ward and defenseman Brandon Manning. Allan Kreda, New York Times, "In a Blow to the Islanders, John Tavares Joins the Maple Leafs," 1 July 2018 Ivan Prosvetov may have been a bit of a reach, but goaltenders are the toughest to predict. azcentral, "NHL draft grades: Mixed reviews for Arizona Coyotes' 2018 NHL draft picks?," 25 June 2018 Vegas’ top line continued to shine, its goaltender continued to dominate and the Knights won Game 4 in Vegas 3-2, leaving them just one win shy of the Stanley Cup Final in their first year of existence. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs: Vegas Takes Game 4, One Win Away From Stanley Cup Final," 18 May 2018 All four Frozen Four participants relied on goaltenders in their first season as starters. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "As the Clock Ticks Down, the Notre Dame Men’s Hockey Team Calms Down," 6 Apr. 2018 Look at the amazing photos that saved produced: That first one — a frozen moment in time with the players and fans waiting to see what would happen and the spotlight on the goaltender — is incredible. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Hugo Lloris's diving save for France made for the most beautiful World Cup photo," 10 July 2018 The Montreal native was the last real standup goaltender as the position moved almost exclusively to the butterfly technique, and his puck-handling prowess led the NHL to institute the trapezoid behind the net as a way to increase scoring. Stephen Whyno, chicagotribune.com, "Gary Bettman, Martin Brodeur, Willie O'Ree top Hockey Hall of Fame class," 26 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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