When Roblin’s Jakob Brook joined the Prince Albert Raiders, he had a couple of goals in mind. His first was to make a difference on the best team in Canada and he’s done that.

His second goal was to continue to excel in the classroom and that mission has been accomplished as well.

Jakob excelled so much in the classroom that he’s been named the WHL’s Eastern Conference Scholastic Player of the Year. He averaged an 85 in English, 92 in Native Studies, 95 in Physical Science, and 98 in Physical Education.

“It really was awesome to win this award. I obviously had my goals going into the season with hockey and I enjoy school and it’s something I work hard on,” added Brook. “It was my goal to get top education on my team but I was fortunate enough to get it for the entire Eastern Conference.”

“It was a great honour for me and I’m really happy about it,” he said.

The challenge from day one was balancing hockey and school. That’s not an easy task for some but Jakob made it work for himself.

“Obviously it was tough at times when you’re on the road for so long and you’re missing school but we had a lot of help from our education coordinator and our teachers were great,” said Brook. “I’m really happy about what we have for resources here.”

Jakob’s main focus now is advancing to the WHL final. The Prince Albert Raiders got one step closer to achieving that goal after beating Saskatoon in six games in their semi-final.

Prince Albert stormed out of the gates by winning the first two games before Saskatoon won the next two. Brook and the Raiders went on to win the next two to close out the series.

“Yeah, it was awesome to win that series. Saskatoon pushed back a lot and losing those two games gave us a chance to fight off some adversity and we did that well,” said Brook. “It was a great series overall and obviously, we’re happy with the outcome.”

“There was a huge parade when we got back to Prince Albert after game six which was amazing,” he added. “It’s honestly like something I’ve never experienced in the past.”

Brook and Raiders will now hook up with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Eastern Conference final.

Game one goes this Friday and Edmonton will come in as the more rested group. They swept the Calgary Hitmen back on April 10.

“They’re a good team and they’re fast,” said Brook. “It’s going to be a hard series and we know it’s not going to be easy. I feel we have great depth and skill on this team so we’re going to do everything we can to win this one as well.”

The winner of the best of seven will take on either the Vancouver Giants or Spokane Chiefs in the WHL final.