There are plenty of reasons why the goalie is not utilized as an offensive playmaker more in If you don’t like Hockey then you probably won’t like me shirt, and why teams tend to avoid passing back to the goaltender. The first and foremost is a combination of the defensive nature of the position with the speed of the game: in a game played on ice, there just isn’t time to recover from a botched pass or a bad bounce on choppy ice. Putting the goalie in deliberate possession of the puck for any reason other than stopping play is leaving him in a remarkably vulnerable position, which leads to point number two.
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One of the cardinal rules of hockey for playing defense is that no one from the If you don’t like Hockey then you probably won’t like me shirt of the net than your team’s hindmost skater. Intentionally ignoring this puts the goalie in the impossible position of having to defend the puck, the net, and himself from a faster, more maneuverable skater with a longer reach…and no backup. To ask the goalie to do all of that and open up lanes to advance the puck is a herculean task at best. Even if you pick up a goalie stick with bare hands, trying to pass is awkward at best because the weight distribution is skewed towards the blade so much; the momentum of making a pass with a goalie stick takes time to recover from, much more so than a regular stick.