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Encyclopedia > Extra attacker

An extra attacker in ice hockey is a forward or, less commonly, a defenceman who has been substituted in place of the goaltender. The purpose of this substitution is to gain an offensive advantage to score a goal. The removal of the goaltender for an extra attacker is colloquially called pulling the goalie. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Forward is a hockey player position on the ice whose responsibility is primarily offence. ... Defenceman (defenseman in American English) is a hockey player position on the ice whose responsibility is primarily defence. ... Patrick Roy, a retired ice hockey goaltender The goaltender (also known colloquially as goalie or netminder) in ice hockey is the player who defends his teams goal net by stopping shots of the puck from entering his teams net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring. ... The puck dents the top of the net for a goal as the goaltender fails to block the shot A goal in ice hockey provides a team with one point. ...


The extra attacker is typically utilized in two situations:

  1. Near the end of the game — typically the last 60 to 90 seconds — when a team is losing by one or two goals. In this case, the team risks a goal being scored on its empty net. In "do-or-die" situations, such as playoff elimination games, teams may pull the goalie for an extra attacker earlier in the game and/or when they are down by more goals.
    • However, on April 13, 2005, an American Hockey League game between the Syracuse Crunch and Hamilton Bulldogs was tied, 3-3, when the Crunch pulled the goaltender in the final minute. With the Bulldogs needing just a point to clinch the final playoff spot, and the Crunch needing to win out, and hoping the Bulldogs accumulate no points in the remaining games, the Crunch pulled their goaltender in an attempt to score in the final minute of regulation to stay alive, as a regulation tie would give Hamilton the one point they needed. That resulted in an empty-net goal by the Bulldogs, and they took the final playoff spot. This type of situation is rare, but can happen in the final minutes of a game with recent rule changes in all leagues regarding regulation ties.
  1. During a delayed penalty call. In this case, once the opposing team regains possession of the puck, play will be stopped for the penalty. This means there will be no chance for a shot to be taken by the penalized team, rendering the goaltender of little use. On rare occasions (and much to the humiliation of the team which has pulled its goalie), however, the puck can find its way into the empty net (without the penalized team ever gaining possession) as a result of an errant pass or other mishandling of the puck by the team with the man advantage. In this case, the goal is awarded to the player on the penalized team who had last touched the puck, and the serving of the penalty begins after the faceoff at center ice.

The term sixth attacker is also used, though it is often a misnomer, as teams may pull the goalie when shorthanded by one or two players, in which case the "sixth" attacker would actually be a fifth or fourth attacker. The American Hockey League (AHL) is regarded as the top professional hockey league in North America outside the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Syracuse Crunch are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. ... The Hamilton Bulldogs are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. ... A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for inappropriate behaviour. ... Shorthanded in hockey terms refers to having one less skater on the ice during play. ...


Also, in overtime, an extra attacker is added automatically when a team down one player because of penalty is penalised again for a second minor penalty; the team on the power play will play five on three for the rest of the two-man advantage, and until the next whistle. In leagues with a three on three overtime, each minor penalty results in an extra attacker for the team on the power play.


Russian and Soviet coaches are known for refusing to pull their goalies when behind late in games.


The extra attacker concept was created by Weston Adams. Weston Adams (August 9, 1904 - March 19, 1973) was a son of Charles Adams and was first director of the Boston Bruins and in 1932 became president of the Canadian American Hockey League farm team Boston Tigers. ...


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Extra attacker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (501 words)
An extra attacker in ice hockey is a forward or, less commonly, a defenceman who has been substituted in place of the goaltender.
The term sixth attacker is also used, though it is often a misnomer, as teams may pull the goalie when shorthanded by one or two players, in which case the "sixth" attacker would actually be a fifth or fourth attacker.
Also, in overtime, an extra attacker is added automatically when a team down one player because of penalty is penalised again for a second minor penalty; the team on the power play will play five on three for the rest of the two-man advantage, and until the next whistle.
NodeWorks - Encyclopedia: Sixth attacker (239 words)
An sixth or extra attacker in ice hockey or futsal is a forward or, less commonly, a defenceman who has been substituted in place of the goaltender.
It should be noted that sixth attacker is often a misnomer, as teams may pull the goalie when shorthanded by one or two players, in which case the "sixth" attacker would actually be a fifth or fourth attacker.
Extra attacker refers to all situations when the goalie is pulled.
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