Goalie Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old goalie quotes, goalie sayings, and goalie proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through.     

Jacques Plante

The goalie is like the guy on the minefield. He discovers the mines and destroys them. If you make a mistake, somebody gets blown up.     

Arturs Irbe

Goalies are fine fellows when you meet them at center ice. They are fine fellows off the ice too. But don't think this cordiality is going to apply when you skate by the front of his cave. He'd slice you up if you come in close.     

Chandler Sterling

There is no position in sport as noble as goaltending.     

Vladislav Tretiak

If you're thinking three or four or five plays ahead, you're not finding goaltending interesting.     

Glenn Hall

Goaltenders not only have to stop the shots, but players flying at them as well.     

Harry Neale

Goalkeepers need an element of insanity.     

Oliver Kahn

For a goalkeeper, there is no hiding place     

Brad Friedel

Every old goalkeeper loses a step at some point, but you can gain that back through experience.     

Tim Howard

The goal is too small and the goalies are too big.     

Scotty Bowman

Your best penalty killer is your goalie.     

Dave Allison

It is pretty tough for a goalie when you look at it. You're always the last line of defense. If you let a goal in, you can't go to the bench and hide between the guys or anything     

Kirk McLean

Goalies almost never get credit for winning a game, but they always get blamed for losing a game.     

Steve Carell

Is it unprecedented for two goalkeepers employed in a match comprising seven goals to be the fixture's most competent protagonists?     

Pete Gill

Don't try to beat the goalkeeper. Try to destroy the goalkeeper.     

Steven Gerrard

As a goalkeeper, you can't come off the bench for 10 minutes and prove your worth it's either you're in or you're out.     

Joe Hart

It's tough to look great as a goalie. Most of the time, you're the one either letting in a goal or losing the game, so no one wants to say anything or upset you, but at the end of the day you might need some talking to.     

Jake Allen

Being a goalkeeper is like being the guy in the military who makes the bombs one mistake and everyone gets blown up.     

Artur Boruc

As a goalkeeper you need to be good at organising the people in front of you and motivating them. You need to see what's going on and react to the threats. Just like a good manager in business.     

Peter Shilton

Everybody makes mistakes, but when goalkeepers make them, it is costly. That's the nature of being a goalkeeper.     

Gary Speed

Goalies often react quickly to shots with no regard for what might happen to their body because we are trained to stop pucks first and ask questions later.     

Martin Brodeur

If you're a goalkeeper, it doesn't matter what you save the ball with if you keep it out, it's not a goal.     

Mark Lawrenson

Goaltending is a suffering position. Your equipment protects you from injury, but not from pain, every time you go out there. And if you allow a goal, the red lights go on for everyone to see. But you get to be a hero too!     

Kevin Constantine

The pressure is unreal. Most of the goalkeepers they feel the pressure. The only ones that don't worry are the ones too dumb to know what's happening to them.     

Tony Esposito

Goaltending beats top notch scoring anytime!     

Eddie Giacomin

Goalies are three sandwiches shy of a picnic.     

Jim Taylor

The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown and getting at him should be almost impossible. It's the biggest sin in football to make him do any work.     

George Graham

A goal keeper must radiate pace. But he must watch out that he thereby doesn't fall asleep.     

Sepp Maier

The goalkeeper is the lone eagle, the man of mystery, the last defender.     

Vladimir Nabokov.

Goalkeeping is like extreme sports sometimes you have to let yourself go.     

Jens Lehmann