.Jonathan Zambroski, multimedia coordinator for The Rambler, is a Cathedral Prep senior. A lot of his friends and family call him Jon.
Jonathan Zambroski has a great love and passion for every sport he plays and guarantees giving it his all whether he steps in a rink or on a field. Jon started beginning roller-blading by 3 years old and started to play hockey on the ice at the age of 4. He also said he started playing lacrosse by 5th grade.
Jon played travel hockey for 10 years while playing for the Erie Lions, Lake Erie Tigers, and the Pittsburgh Aviators. He’s also played three years of travel lacrosse with the Middlesex Bears and the Erie Navigators.
When asked about his greatest sport’s accomplishments Jon said, “For hockey, probably winning the JS11 game against Bethel Park last year. Getting that win for Jack [was special], and that was a fun game to play in.”
Zambroski also noted last year when the hockey team beat Culver to become the first team from western PA to win the Jamestown National Showcase.
Jon said he enjoys playing for Prep more than any other team he’s ever played on.
“The Brotherhood here is like no other,” he said. “I seemed to fit right in right away.”
Jon said his Dad got him into hockey because of his “love for the game” and taught him how to play. His mom, on the other hand, worked for a guy who was coaching a hockey program to teach kids how to play.
Jonathan feels motivated to play hockey and lacrosse because he loves those sports, and he strives to be the best player he can be.
“Hockey and lacrosse just felt special to me,” he said. “Hockey was my first love. I picked it up at a young age and loved every second of it. [With] Lacrosse, I put a lot of time in off the field and I understand it the most.”
Even though Jon’s main passions are for hockey and lacrosse he also played five years of soccer and a year of football. Jon said he plans on not playing hockey and lacrosse competitively after high school but plans on playing in some adult leagues in the future.
He has high expectations for his senior season of Prep hockey.
“For hockey, this team has a lot of skill and talent, but once we work out the kinks I think we have a shot at the Pens Cup and even a state championship.“
Zambroski also has high hopes for his senior season on the lacrosse team.
“Last year we didn’t have a season, and everyone was working hard over the summer, so there will be a lot of improvement from two years ago to this year as we look to take back our D-10 title.
There have been some negative impacts from playing sports.
“I’d say the wear and tear on my body,” he said. “I’ve had concussion problems, knee, hip, and shoulder, so it’s a lot of getting beaten up. ”
Through it all though, Jon said sports have always had a positive impact him, functioning as an escape from any problems he was dealing with.
“If something was bugging me, I’d go to practice, and I could take my mind off of it,” he said.
Jonathan is a great hockey and lacrosse player and will be an important part of both teams this year.