Hello. My name is Dominic Zevola. I am a 14 year old goaltender from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I started playing ice hockey when I was 8. My path to my current level was not always easy. For the first few years I played B level hockey. I decided that this was not the level of hockey that I wanted to play at and I knew that I was better. I decided that with hard work and dedication I was going to get better....and I did. I am currently playing Tier I AAA hockey.
As a freshman in the 18-19 season I lettered on the varsity hockey team. I now plan to be a three year starter for Bethel Park High School. I also will play Tier I AAA hockey for the Mt Lebanon Hornets in the 19-20 season. Getting to this level took a lot of sacrifice for me. I played hockey 7 days a week last season. I was lucky to get a day or two off of the ice per month. I also took private lessons once a week at Shane Clifford Goalie School during the season. There were many nights of double practices with dinner and homework in the car on the way to the rinks. I also missed out on a lot of friend activities. I know that my grades are very important and I kept a very high QPA with mostly all A's and some B's. To me all of the hard work paid off as I love the game of hockey.
My goaltending idol is Marc Andre-Fleury. I grew up watching him win Stanley cups for the Penguins. I learned many things from him as a Penguins fan. He taught me that whatever level of hockey that I am playing I should have fun. I also watched Marc Andre be a great teammate. He set good examples in the locker room, and was a good person. I now try to set the example for my teammates from what I learned from Marc Andre. My dad taught me similar things. My dad taught me that small things like saying please and thank you and holding the door for people are important pieces for me. He taught me that being respectful is very important. He showed me that the small things in life matter. I am now able to see that not everybody is like this. I have also helped special needs children learn to skate and also participated in diabetes walks in my community.
My goal is to continue to play competitive hockey after high school. I want to continue to work hard and play junior hockey. I would like this to lead into playing competitive college hockey at the division I-III level. I know that I am dedicated to the game and my position. I am looking for organizations and schools that will challenge me. I bring a very hard work ethic, dedication, and leadership to achieving my goals.