Zapolski grew up playing hockey in Erie, Pennsylvania, at the all-male Cathedral Preparatory School and later went to Mercyhurst University. He’s been playing hockey since he was 8 years old.
Yesterday was a very special day I want to thank Mayor Schember, President Victor, Coach Gotkin and the rest of Mercyhurst for the kind words and support. An amazing honor for me and my family! I am very proud to be from Erie and a Mercyhurst Laker! #humbledpic.twitter.com/dvzKMwENVz
“You could play for a Stanley Cup or that kind of thing, but playing for your country to win a gold medal, or even have a chance to, the number of people that get to do that is so infinitely small, that it gives you goose bumps and chills,” Raymond Zapolski said.
Other interesting facts:
Has three siblings, Brandon, Chris and Lindsay
Married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, in 2015
Goaltender of the Year and the East Coast Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player in the 2012-13 season with the South Carolina Stingrays