The goaltender (also known colloquially as goalie or netminder) in ice hockey is the player who defends his team’s goal net by stopping shots of the puck from entering his team’s net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring.
The special hockey stick goaltenders use has a blade that is approximately 3Â½ inches (8.9 cm) wide. The lower 25 to 28 inches (63.5â€“71 cm) of the shaft is widened to provide more blocking surface. This area is called the paddle. Although traditional goalie sticks were usually made completely of wood, most modern sticks are reinforced with graphite and fiberglass and the paddle and blade are injected with foam to make them lighter. Recently, manufacturers have begun to produce sticks made completely from composite materials, which are more durable.