Briercrest Hockey’s leading point scorer Baribeau gets focus from God
Jacob Baribeau has been a strong asset to the Briercrest hockey team this year.
The snappy first-year centre, who is studying in the business administration program, said it was through a strong calling from God that he found himself pursuing a Briercrest education.
â€śGod definitely had everything to do with my coming to Briercrest. Before I applied to Briercrest, I had the next five years of my future all planned out. I was going to go to the University of Waterloo for an engineering program, to me; a Bible college was not even in the question,â€ť Baribeau said. â€śHowever, God had other plans for me. Through a strange family connection, the former Briercrest hockey coach, Dalton Stoltz, heard my name and began the long process of recruiting me. Eventually he got my attention and after a lot of prayer and confiding in others, I felt a clear calling to come to Briercrest.â€ť
Baribeau has found that there is something extra special about his team at Briercrest compared to all the teams he has previously played with.
â€śEverything is special about our team. And it all roots from it being a Christian hockey team. I have played four years of junior hockey and Iâ€™ve never felt the same connection as I do with this group of boys. These guys are my family while I am here and I know every one of them has my back. That in itself is really special to me.â€ť
Being Briercrestâ€™s leading point scorer this season with 16 points, Jacob finds that his strength lies within his reliability, work ethic and positive attitude.
â€śI try to always show up to work hard for games and practices and to be a player my coach can rely on to never give up. Iâ€™m not perfect, I have my bad days, but I try and shrug it off and get back at it the next day,â€ť Jacob said. â€śAs a person I think I bring a lot of positivity to the group. So I try and make sure I am continually encouraging to everybody.â€ť
A focus upon becoming a man of God is at the forefront for Baribeau.
â€śMy goal as a student is to learn as much about God and business in the time frame that I am here. Grades are important to me so I strive to excel in academics, but I am more concerned about coming out of Briercrest prepared to be a godly businessman wherever I go. As an athlete, my desire is to train my hardest and become a dominant player in this league.â€ť
Baribeau sees a lot of different options for his future.
â€śI want to do everything basically. I want to travel the world, play professional hockey in Europe, start my own robotics business, become an economists, maybe run for president; thatâ€™d be pretty cool. Honestly, my dream is pretty simple I want to find my passion and somehow get paid to do it.â€ť
Briercrest wants to wish Jacob Baribeau all the best this semester and is excited to see where the Lord leads him in the future!