goal·​tend·​er | \ ˈgōl-ˌten-dər How to pronounce goaltender (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Defenseman Brandon Carlo fired a shot from nearly 60-feet out that tumbled past goaltender Jordan Binnington and into the net, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "No glory — or play ‘Gloria’ — for Blues after they bungled Game 6," 10 June 2019 The Penguins also effectively made the transition from an aging goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, to a tandem of youngsters, 23-year-old Matt Murray and 22-year-old Tristan Jarry. Joe Knowles, chicagotribune.com, "As stars age and decline, Blackhawks' short-term plan seems more like a prayer," 28 Mar. 2018 As the Florida Panthers begin a condensed schedule to end their season, coach Bob Boughner will try to pencil in off days for goaltender Roberto Luongo, including potentially Thursday night against the Boston Bruins. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Roberto Luongo, James Reimer likely to split next four games for Panthers," 15 Mar. 2018 Jack Barton also found the back of the net for the Cougars, who got 15 saves from goaltender Matt Shandler. Mike Owens, Philly.com, "Tuesday's Pa. roundup: Souderton girls beat Easton to reach state quarterfinals," 13 Mar. 2018 The Avs are carrying 57 players (32 forwards, 20 defensemen and five goaltenders), with the majority of those players destined to become Eagles or reassigned to their major-junior teams. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avalanche right-catching goalie Pavel Francouz is a star in shootouts," 15 Sep. 2019 In landing the two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy — awarded to the league’s best goaltender — the Panthers are hoping Bobrovsky can be the final piece for a playoff run. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Changing of the guard — All-Star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on display as Florida Panthers open training camp," 13 Sep. 2019 The 37 forwards, 22 defensemen and eight goaltenders will be split into three groups for the first two days of on-ice activities, then separated into two groups that will compete in Sunday’s Red-White game. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Top prospects ready to vie for roster spots at Red Wings training camp," 11 Sep. 2019 The signing comes just five days after veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo retired after 19 seasons in the NHL, spending two different stints in Florida. Kristen Nelson, SI.com, "Sergei Bobrovsky Agrees to Seven-Year, $70 Million Contract With Panthers," 1 July 2019

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goaltender was in 1882

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English Language Learners Definition of goaltender

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


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