The player standing directly in front of the goal net and whose
job it is to prevent the puck from crossing the goal line.
Goaltender's wear specialized equipment designed to protect them
from frequent and hard shots from opposing players. The main
pieces include goal pads, blocker, catcher, chest protector, goalie
helmet, and a wide stick.
The goalie is usually positioned in the goal crease, a marked area directly in front of the goal.
The goaltender is arguably the most important player on the ice because their performance can directly correlate with the success of the team. A goalie's success is often determined by wins, losses, goals against average, and save percentage.