Hockey and business education made for a great combination for Rick Uhrich

By Dale Johnson Posted: December 15, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Rick Uhrich enjoyed sports, including skiing in Alberta.
Rick Uhrich enjoyed sports, including skiing in Alberta. Photo courtesy of Rhys Renouf.

Rick Uhrich excelled in both hockey and business – and they were both important elements of his life.

Rick passed away on September 4, 2014, at the age of 60, and a friend, Rhys Renouf of Calgary, says “I got an idea that a Memorial Award would be a good way to honour such a good friend, and a person who contributed in different ways.”

Rhys remembers Rick – U of R grad, hockey player and businessman – as a leader.

“When he played hockey for the Pats and Cougars, he was a leader. When he was in business, he was a leader and established a successful company and mentored people.”

Rick played for the Regina Pats when they won the Memorial Cup in 1974. After a year as a pro hockey player in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Rick returned to Regina and studied business at the Univeristy of Regina. He also played hockey with the U of R Cougars, helping them win the conference title in the spring of 1978.

He graduated from the U of R with a Bachelor of Administration degree. After working as a computer programmer in Regina, he moved to Toronto and founded ISA – a company he led for over 22 years. It become one of largest IT security providers in Canada. His love of hockey stayed with him, and he enjoyed coaching and playing recreational hockey.

Through both hockey and business, Rick touched the lives of many people.

“Rick was a friend of so many people, and education was very important to him,” Rhys says.

The Rick Uhrich Memorial Award was established through donations made in his memory to help students pursuing an undergraduate degree in any faculty – providing they are members of the Pats or the men’s or women’s Cougar hockey teams.