Rick Kohler came to Guelph in 1983 as a running back. He was converted into a tight end and was a contributing member of the 1984 Vanier Cup Championship team. In fact, Kohler scored two touchdowns in the 31-26 Yates Cup win over the Western Mustangs that propelled the Gryphons on to the national semi-finals. Kohler played in three Yates Cups [’84,’86, ’87] in his Gryphon career. In 1987 he capped his career being named an OUAA First Team All Star.
Currently Rick lives in St Thomas with his wife Lisa. They have two children. Son Thomas is currently attending Guelph where he is entering his second year. He plays for the Gryphons Men’s Hockey team. Daughter Rebecca attends North Dakota on a hockey
scholarship and is currently trying to become a member of Team Canada.
Rick is now engaged in the battle of his life as he takes on abdominal cancer. As you can see from the message below Rick welcomes the thoughts and prayers of the Gryphon family.
From Rick’s message to teammate Randy Dimitroff:
Please let all the guys know that all their prayers and best wishes are all well received and greatly appreciated. Again let them all know that I feel so fortunate to have so many good friends in all of you.
My plan for beating this battle will be the same as when we use to suit up together to take on the likes of Western. A never quit attitude and screw the opposition.
I will be relying greatly on the spirit, courage and that never-give-up attitude I learned from my teammates and coaches during my experience with the Gryphons. I know in spirit you will all be fighting right beside me, you are all my Band of Brothers.