'Sieve' is also a bit of ice hockey
slang used to describe a goalie
who allows a lot of "soft" (easily stopped in most circumstances) goals. The term is rather derogatory
, and should be reserved for opposing goaltenders, although this isn't always the case
The term is best used when taunting a goaltender. The most common forms of usage are: "Hey Cechmanek, you're a fucking sieve who couldn't keep a beach ball out of the net!" or "Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! (repeat ad nauseam)" The latter of the two examples is most effective after a goaltender lets in a weak goal, especially when chanted by a whole section of drunken fans.
The term is thought to have originated from the saying "like water through a sieve," but its exact etymology likely will remain a mystery.