Don't touch the goalkeeper!
January 27, 2011 5:38am CST
There is one thing that everyone must know and remember in ice hockey - Don't touch the goalkeeper from opposite team! This Monday there was a match in Latvia united hockey league (UHL) where player from team Juras Lauvas with his hockey stick kicked in the face of opposite team goalkeeper. So what do you think what happened next? Nobody saw it? Everybody was so exited about the game and continued to play and watch a hockey puck? NO! Captain of goalkeepers team run to the hockey brawl who dared to attack goalkeeper and beated him to the ice! he took all punishment he could, OK maybe not all since other players tried to not involve in any too aggressive actions since that can cause health problems for both team players and secondary because brawl took punishment already. So, my advice - never, i mean really really never ever think of trying to kick or show too much disrespect to opposite team goalkeeper if you play ice hockey!
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24 Mar 11
Indeed, it can get ugly when players go after the goaltender. Although, I know that in the NHL the rules about penalties for goaltender interference are supposed to only apply when the goaltender is in the crease or attempting to get back to the crease after playing the puck. Otherwise he's considered a skater, and is essentially fair game. I'm not a fan of players going after the goaltender though - it just seems like a cheap shot. There are better ways to win a game, and I'd rather see my team play hard and lose than take cheap shots and win. I noticed you're from Latvia, that's where my favorite player is from (I even root for your team on the olympics).
24 Mar 11
Oh! Thank you for kind words :) People in Latvia love ice hockey and my oldest son (9) now playing in local city U10 team. His team in Latvian U10 championship (2010/2011) is ranked 4 out of 17 teams and i am happy that he loves this game more than just sitting near PC and playing games after school.
29 Jan 11
It is the same thing here in the NHL. Everybody knows that they shouldn't be touching the goalkeepers. They spray them with snow once in a while but as soon as they touch him, the rest of the team would come in quick to defend their goalkeeper. Sometimes it also gets out of hand and turn into a brawl, which is not-so-nice to see.
1 Feb 11
I understand that ice hockey is for brave people, but still sometimes it looks too bad when someone tries to kick opposite team goalkeeper while his team mates didnt see it. My oldest son play hockey too in Latvian U10 championship, but thanks GOD they are well learned to do not attack goalkeepers, there is some little fights on ice, but not with goalkeepers involved.