Raaymakers Hopes To Continue Winning Ways With StFX

Joseph Raaymakers

Joseph Raaymakers makes a save with the OHL’s London Knights – Photo by Terry Wilson/ OHL Images

Joseph Raaymakers stepped off the ice finishing his OHL career as the third winningest goalie in league history. When he steps back on the ice this Fall with St. Francis Xavier University, Raaymakers hopes to continue the winning trent.

“Goal this season is to win a National Championship,” said Raaymakers, who spent last season with the London Knights, an organization, which knows winning well.

“I think we have a very good opportunity with the team here. Long term, my goal is to get my degree and be a good student. As well as having a pro mindset day in and day out coming into the rink and getting better and giving the team a chance to win every night.”

Raaymakers is joining a team that finished third in the AUS last season with a 15-13-2 record. He chose StFX for a variety of reasons, both on and off the ice.

“Finding the right university and hockey program for me was a very tough. I loved all my recruiting trips and I don’t have anything negative to say towards the other schools that I was looking at,” explained Raaymakers. “When I came to St.FX in May, I just had a feeling. I could picture myself coming here and it just felt right. Leaving from that trip I knew I wanted to be here. So I had to go with my gut.”

Although his school of choice was not a difficult decision, the choice to go to school, instead of turning professional immediately was not as simple. Raaymakers, who had a successful 4-year OHL career, which included multiple NHL tryouts and a stint playing pro in the ECHL, had plenty of interest from many avenues.

“It was a tough decision to either turn pro right away or go to school first,” Raaymakers explained.

“Long term it made the most sense to get a degree first. I still plan on playing pro for a long time after I get my degree at school. It’s always been a dream of mine. It gives me something to fall back on once I retire from hockey. This still gives me the opportunity to play at a high level with teammates that have the goal in mind to go pro but also be a good student and get the degree.”

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