Goalies are defined as players who defend a teammates' net from the opposition scoring. This is a position in sport that often determines the winners from the losers.
The list below names some of the greatest players to do the task on the ice, water, floor and pitch.
10. Denis Šefik – Water Polo
Playing goalie in water polo takes swimming skill and patience. The Serbian-born swimmer has won eight gold medals including an Olympic appearance in 2008 where he won a Bronze medal for his country.
In 2004, Šefik earned top athlete honors for Serbia and Montenegro, receiving the Golden Badge and finishing his career as one of the greatest water polo goalies ever to play.
9. Gianluigi Buffon – Soccer
The 34-year-old goalkeeper has continued his top-notch performances year after year which earned him the “World's Best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century” honors in 2012.
With nine Club Championships and one World Cup victory, Buffon’s rank as a soccer goaltender is only going upwards, and the dominant player looks to finish his career as one of the best ever to step inside the pipes.
8. Hope Solo – Soccer
The face of female soccer in the United States, Solo is quite talented. She stepped on to the National Squad in 2000.
Despite being undersized as a soccer goaltender, Solo helped bring U.S. Soccer to the forefront in 2008 when she helped her team defeat Brazil in the Olympic final. She currently plays for the Seattle Sounders in the Women’s League.
7. Dominik Hasek – Hockey
Hasek may be one of the best goaltenders of all-time if he played on the powerhouse squads Roy and Brodeur were lucky to serve on, but he was never that fortunate.
Dominik has won six Vezina trophies, two Hart trophies and became the first European starting goalie to win the Stanley Cup. Sadly, he lacked big-time moments which cost him in the playoffs.
He retired with an impressive 2.20 GAA, but rumors across the league speak of the 47-year-old's potential NHL return.
6. Dallas Eliuk – Lacrosse
A legend in Philadelphia, he helped bring the city four NLL championships over his 18-year career that also saw him in Portland. His quick reactions kept the Wings a lacrosse powerhouse for years.
Eluik won two Champion's Cup MVP’s and was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009.
5. Bob Watson – Lacrosse
One of the most successful lacrosse goalies in the history of the league, Watson redefined Toronto Rock lacrosse. Aside from Colin Doyle, Watson was one of the most influential players on a team that captured six championships in a thirteen-year career.
He’s won two Champion's Cup MVP’s during his numerous finals appearances and also a pair of Goaltender of the Year trophies. In 2011, he was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame.
4. Manon Rhéaume – Hockey
One of the greatest female goaltenders ever to hit ice, Rhéaume has helped mold Canada’s future generation of female goaltenders as her performance at the 1998 Olympics gained her a lot of fan fair. Winning Silver then, she also captured a few Gold medals at the IIHF World Women's Championships.
Rhéaume career has been nothing but impressive. She became the first female to enter an NHL game, playing two exhibition games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. She is a big role model for females in hockey.
3. Martin Brodeur – Hockey
Brodeur holds some of the greatest hockey records ever. From total wins to most playoff shutouts, his talent continues even with the recent Stanley Cup loss.
A three-time winner himself, Brodeur has been feeling the loss of Scott Stevens ever since his retirement in 2005. However, his success goes further than the four Vezina trophies as his international fame was a focal point for Canada in 2002 which helped bring the much sought after Gold medal back home.
2. Lev Yashin – Soccer
One of the greatest Russian footballers ever to be produced, his 812 career games played is almost as impressive as the fact that 270 of those games were a clean sheet.
He brought the Soviet Union a Gold medal in 1956 and made 75 appearances for the National team. His play has made him the top-rated soccer goaltender of all-time.
1. Patrick Roy – Hockey
Roy has hoisted four Stanley Cups in his career, two with Montreal and two with Colorado, but he is known for more than just the two rings blocking his ears.
Patrick Roy is also the all-time playoff wins leader with 151 and 23 shutouts. His 2.30 GAA in the playoffs has labeled the Quebec native as a winner.
Roy has won the Calder Cup, five William M. Jennings trophies, three Conn Smythe trophies and three Vezina trophies. This makes him one of the most successful goalies in the entire world.
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