The goaltender's main job is to keep the puck from entering the goal net. The goaltender is also know as the goalie, the goalkeeper, or the netminder.
the soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goal
the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring
keeps the opposition from putting the puck into his goal; he may start his team down the ice with a pass, but seldom leaves the net, and if he passes the center red line, a penalty is called; may play the puck behind his net in the designated trapezoid area.
The defensive player normally stationed directly in front of the goal cage, whose primary job is to prevent goals by the other team. The goaltender wears special protective equipment and is given some special protection by the rules, while he is in the goal crease. If assessed a minor, major, or misconduct penalty, the goaltender remains in the game while another player goes to the penalty box in his stead.
This players job is to keep the puck out of his team's net. He can use any part of his body or any piece of his equipment to do so and is allowed to catch or smother the puck.
This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. For the similar position in other sports, see Goalkeeper.