Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Linaker has priorities straight by heading to university

Cole Linaker says it was a 'no brainer' to use the Western Hockey League's education program once his junior career was over.

The 21 year-old will attend the University of Alberta this fall after playing four seasons with the Kelowna Rockets.

"I am not going to be an NHL star. I think it is important for a guy like me to get an education and have something to fall back on like a degree.  Later on maybe I can try the waters like Europe or hockey here in North America".  

Linaker was born and raised in Edmonton, so playing this fall for the Golden Bears, one of the top Canadian university hockey programs in the country, will be a thrill.

"I am going into sciences off the start to get a feel back for school. Either after the first or second year I am planning on transferring either to an engineering program, which has been an interest of mine, or continue with the science degree and apply for a professional or graduate program afterwards.", Linaker added.   

Joining Linaker at the U of A this fall will be fellow teammate Jackson Whistle.

1 comment:

Gordon McGarva said...

Great choice ! Cole will be an excellent addition to their strong hockey program. The WHL Scholarship Program certainly provides these young men with an educational option that will last them a lifetime. Good to see players using their hard earned scholarships to better themselves through university. Well done Cole and Jackson....and the many others.