End Of A Chapter For Joseph Raaymakers
Although the his London Knights are still entrenched in the playoffs, the finale of Raaymakers’ Junior career is closing in, which has given the netminder cause to reflect on his experience.
“The experience in the OHL has been unbelievable, definitely the funnest years of my life,” said the Chatham product, who also spent multiple seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. “I’ve been lucky to be a part of two great organizations and can’t thank them enough for all their work in me.”
Raaymakers finished third all-time in total OHL wins for goaltenders with 109 over his career. This season he played in 47 games, recording a 2.95 goals against average and .904 save percentage.
As with most people, whether it is retirement, graduation, or another major life change, it often takes time for the effects of these changes to sink in.
“It hasn’t set in yet. It’s pretty crazy that’s it’s already been 5 years. Time flies. It’s all I’ve known for a long time. Sad to see it end but at the same time I’m excited for a new chapter.”
And what will that new chapter be? Raaymakers hasn’t decided yet, as he’ll have a variety of professional and university options.
“Just going to take things day by day. Enjoy the moment and see where it takes me,” Raaymakers said of the decision making process. “I definitely want to keep all options open and when I’m ready I’ll make a decision.”