- a player used when the player's team is short-handed as a result of a penalty, especially a player skilled at defense and employed regularly in such situations.
Origin of penalty killer
First recorded in 1960–65
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- ice hockey a good player who, when his team is short-handed because of a penalty, is sent onto the ice to prevent the other side from scoring