Goalie is the player responsible for keeping the opposing team's puck out of his team's net. The opponent's team's ability to score depends on his performance.
The goaltender mostly stays near or in the area in front of the net to block the puck from getting into the net. They wear specific equipment like blockers, masks, leg protectors, and others to prevent the impact of the puck.
The netkeeper has the privilege of wearing special costumes and the freedom to use any body part to stop the puck. Likewise, the NHL lets the goaltender continue playing even if their stick breaks, until the period ends.
Goalie Interference Rule
NHL goalie interference rule explains a penalty called when the ice skater prevents the goaltender from stopping the puck through physical contact.
It is illegal to physically contact the goaltender, no matter where they are standing.
In the case of interference, the attacking player is granted a minor or major penalty, depending on the seriousness of the situation.
The official reviews the footage from numerous cameras to determine the situation. If the penalty call is confirmed, a lineman blows the whistle and crosses his arms with his fists in front of his chest as a signal.
Emergency Goalie Rule
NHL emergency goalie rule are:
- Each team in the league should have a list of emergency goaltenders.
- That netkeeper is to be called only when a team doesn't have two goalkeepers to begin a game.
- The emergency goaltender can play for either team on the ice rink.
What Happens If Both Goalies Get Injured?
If both goalies get injured, a team can dress and play any eligible goalie to save the goal.
Every National Hockey League team has a backup goaltender. In simple language, one goalie enters the ice rink as a lineup player while another stays on the bench as a backup.
A situation can occur when both goaltenders on the team are hurt while playing. In that situation, the club must dress any random yet qualified person to cover the position for the remaining game.
Emergency Goalie List
NHL emergency goalie list includes Jorge Alves, Scott Foster, David Ayres, and more. Ayres played for the Hurricanes in 2020 after both goaltenders got injured.
Not all tight-spot goaltenders get to play in every match. Most of the time, they dress and sit on the bench as backups.
To date, there are only six players who have recorded playing in the emergency, and they are:
- David Ayres
- Scott Foster
- Jorge Alves
- Thoma Hodges
- Matt Berlin
- Jett Alexander