What Does Empty Net In Hockey Mean?
An empty net is a goalpost having a free hole (i.e., unguarded by the goaltender) to score a goal.
The goaltender can decisively leave the net empty. The team's coach can also call back the goaltender in hockey if they got a strategy.
There is no compulsion in hockey to guard the net every time. Actually, there is no rule to mandate a goalie per team in an ice hockey team of 6.
An empty net can also be considered a free hole, as the coaches and players have a term for the space, which is unguarded by the goaltender's body. Some say five holes in the post, and some say seven.
The holes in the hockey post are on each side of the shoulder, each side of the legs, and a hole between the legs. The area under the armpit of the netminder is later considered the sixth and seventh holes.
There are some reasons why the team is leaving the net empty:
- Replacing the netminder with the 6th skater to overpower the opposing team,
- If the Goalie is injured,
- If the team is short of one skater during the last minutes and the opposing team is leading.